May 8, 2021

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Bayern Munich don’t need new midfielders


There are very few teams with such a talented squad as Bayern Munich.

Right now, they undeniably have top quality options in every position of the pitch, which has allowed them to hold all six titles at their disposal.

However, there is always room for improvement. At the time of writing, Hansi Flick’s squad are without a clean sheet in seven matches and, although Dayot Upemecano will join the squad this summer, David Alaba’s almost guaranteed departure and Jerome Boateng’s penchant for the mess will need to be addressed.

However, it is players in the middle of the park that Bayern have been linked recently. Both Saul Niguez and Federico Valverde are rumored to be on the Bundesliga club’s radar, but it just wouldn’t be fair to bring in a central midfielder before anything else – certainly not the one who wouldn’t accept to play the second violin.

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Bayern Munich would have long admired Federico Valverde | Fran Santiago / Getty Images

Why would acquiring a renowned central midfielder be so bad? Because of Leon Goretzka.

The man they signed from Schalke in 2018 has seen constant development in all areas of his game at the German champions and is now quickly becoming the perfect and utterly unbeatable midfielder at the heart of the Bayern squad. .

His progress under Flick has seen him become part of Bayern’s quick, fluid and ruthless approach. His astounding athleticism allows him to bomb from box to box while his technical ability really makes his contribution to the game count.

François Kamano, Léon Goretzka
Leon Goretzka has really developed his athleticism since joining Bayern Munich | Alexander Hassenstein / Getty Images

Out of all the Bundesliga players in his position of having played at least 900 minutes of football this season, Goretzka ranks fourth in progressive 90 passes (with 5.86) and only teammate Joshua Kimmich claims more than his assists in the last third. par 90 (also 5.86), while only Axel Witsel has a higher long pass completion rate than him – demonstrating how essential he is to Bayern’s way of playing fast.

The German also has a fantastic record for creating goals and shots by 90 (0.8) among central midfielders this season – only improved by Kimmich in the Bundesliga – while he has always had an eye for the goal, scoring 24 in 106 appearances for Bayern. At the time of writing, Goretzka has scored two and assisted four in his last five appearances, including his side’s all-important third in a 4-2 win over Borussia Dortmund and a phenomenal hat-trick. -assists trick in a 5-1 FC Koln game.

It’s not just with the ball and in the front zones that Goretzka has an impact on the procedure, either. He has the third highest pressing success rate of 38.7% among players in his place in the entire Bundesliga. The midfielder also has 75 tackles and interceptions in the league this season – 19 more than any other Bayern player.

The 26-year-old has some fantastic individual stats this year, that’s obvious. But what has been particularly exciting for Bayern fans is the partnership he has with Kimmich in the squad’s engine room. Their bonding game and understanding of each other’s games is brilliant and only gets better.

Goretzka’s energy, strength and motivation across the pitch never isolates Kimmich, allowing him to dictate the game as he so fantastically does.

Their crucial partnership was perfectly illustrated in early January when Bayern hosted Mainz at the Allianz Arena. Only Kimmich started this match and at half-time the Bavarians found themselves behind 2-0. Flick introduced Goretzka in midfield at the break and, fast-forwarding 45 minutes, Bayern missed out on 5-2 winners – with the freedom Goretzka gave his partner, Kimmich scored a goal and an assist. Coincidence? No.

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Excellent partnership between Bayern and the midfielder | Alexander Hassenstein / Getty Images

While squad depth is, of course, an integral part of any silverware-winning club, Bayern already have Corentin Tolisso (although an injury has hampered their progress somewhat) and Marco Roca. A new addition to secure Flick’s options wouldn’t be the Bavarians’ worst decision, but a brand signing to fit into this midfielder is simply not necessary – Bayern already have one of the best midfielders from Europe.

The introduction of a player expecting to be the first choice would hamper Goretzka’s phenomenal progress and, therefore, Bayern’s already near-perfect midfielder.

They don’t need a big name signature; they already have Goretzka.