With the secondary transfer window less than a month away, silly season is already in full swing. The rumors include a player who is now on trial with FC Dallas, the prototypical ‘Clavijo Special’, and an interesting left back that would be a byproduct of the development partnership with Bayern Munich. With that last rumor in mind, there’s a good chance FC Dallas could be lining up a loan for Timothy Tillman, a German-American in Bayern’s youth ranks.
Tillman had six goals and seven assists in 31 matches for Bayern’s reserve team last season. Although only 19-years old, he seems like he’s ready for a jump in competition level from the Regionaliga. He’s a quick player with excellent dribbling skills, good passing vision, and the ability to finish with either foot.
With none of the wings outside of Roland Lamah being particularly productive, there’s a good chance Tillman would quickly find his way into the rotation for FC Dallas. Another benefit of Tillman coming to Dallas for his parent club is that FCD would offer better assurance in management continuity than a 2 Bundesliga team or a Division 1 team in another European league where a bad string of results in a month can often be the impetus for a manager getting terminated. Pair that with FC Dallas and Bayern Munich’s development partnership, and the chances that the loan is a success seems more likely than placing him on loan with a club like Paderborn or Darmstadt.
For FC Dallas, the club would get a low cost attacking option who doesn’t take up a foreign roster slot and who looks like he’ll be part of the pool for the Olympic team in 2020. With flexibility to play centrally or on either wing and the ability to dribble defenders, he’s the kind of player that suits Pareja’s in game tactical switches and should help us when opposing teams park the bus. Probably the only drawback is that he’d assuredly return to Germany at the end of the MLS season, but that might be how a lot of future loans with Bayern work.
What do you think? Is this the ‘Clavijo Special’ you were hoping for or were you hoping for something more long term? Do your thing in the comments.