Niklas Dorsch, former youth player of FC Bayern, has criticised the permeability between the youth teams as well as the second team and the professionals at the FCB.
“I just didn’t get a fair chance. Young players weren’t paid as much attention,” Dorsch said in an interview with tz. The 20-year-old midfielder went through all youth teams of FC Bayern from the U16 onwards and even received a professional contract with the German record champion in 2016.
Nevertheless, Dorsch only played one match with the professionals in the Bundesliga and played mainly in the reserve of the Bavarians. There he was captain, but the contact between the second and first team was “not too good”.
“It wasn’t until Jupp Heynckes came along that I had a great feeling. Heynckes helped me extremely and gave me a chance,” Dorsch explained.
He used this chance and scored a goal on his Bundesliga debut against Eintracht Frankfurt. “Once you play and score a goal, the talk’s big again. Nobody was interested in what I did before,” said Dorsch, who finally turned his back on the German record champion in the summer and switched to 1 FC Heidenheim free of charge.
“To change to the 2nd league at the age of 20 is not wrong”, Dorsch assesses his current situation at the 1st FCH. Dorsch has been in defensive midfield since the beginning of the season, with only one heel injury costing the U20 international three appearances.
Dorsch denied the question of whether he would regret his move to the second league instead of the first: “With a first division team it would probably have been the same as with FC Bayern. You’re only one of many there. If I only play in the regional league, no club’s interested in me.”