A Young Jolly Prospect for Bayern Munich
When the German Champions opted to invest 8.5 million euros for a young inexperienced central midfielder from Stuttgart (on loan to Red Bull Leipzig), its fans and major critics were a bit skeptical.
The talent from Rottweil however, proved everyone wrong adapting itself as a central defender and other times as full back to help its team in times of need (when all their defensive line up was out injured) and picking up solid performances time and time again. Pep Guardiola did not let him play 25 games in the Bundesliga for no reason; the Spanish master saw something special in him and so did his national coach Joachim Löw. In the Euro 2016 Joshua Kimmich played a total of three games: twice as a right full back and once as a right full back in a back five formation in the vital game against Italy. This shows not only that he is more than capable of adapting to any positon on the pitch but also that he can easily take on new challenges even in stressful and important games such as this one.
Joshua played the entire 120 minutes prior to the fatal penalty shootout, delivering some very interesting and dangerous crosses for Mario Gomez and Thomas Müller and assisting his centre-back Benedikt Höwedes numerous times. A pure illustration of talent, technique, football intelligence and sacrifice from a player who can be literally put anywhere on the pitch and still performs at his very best regardless of the stakes of the matches.
Throughout the Euro, Kimmich was only dribbled past once and he was able to create more than four chances with his pinpointed crosses. His impact in the defensive position was vital for the German national team and his assistance to the striker put further pressure on the defending teams.
Moreover, when facing a crucial penalty against Italy and the best goalkeeper of all time, Gianluigi Buffon, he calmly placed the ball in the bottom corner as if it was the easiest thing in the world, without getting impacted by Buffon’s reputation.
All in all, we can say that Bayern Munich have found themselves a well worthy substitute for Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm, Frank Ribery and Jerome Boateng. A player with impeccable class, technique and who is able to deal properly with the stress and pressure of vital games.
Profile: Joshua Kimmich (approx. 13€ MM, Source: TM.de)
Comparison: Johannes Geis, Julian Weigl, Philipp Lahm
Strengths: Passing, Key Passes
Weaknesses: Aerial Duels