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WONDERKID: Joshua Kimmich

Name:  Joshua Kimmich      Age: 20 years old (Born Feb 8, 1995)      

Club: Bayern Munich

League: 1.Bundesliga       Height:  176 cm,  5”8       Position:  DM/CM

A young midfielder who is just another name in the long line of technically gifted midfielder in recent years from Germany. With already two full season of first team football under his belt, the future certainly looks bright for this youngster. After, a recent Bayern Munich victory over GNK Dinamo Zagreb this year in the Champions league, the manager Pep Guardiola had this to say about the youngster:

He played great. He has all the things a player needs. Very smart, very assertive with the ball, heads good, good vision, and … is an excellent player, an investment for the future too (for) Bayern Munich.

PHYSICAL

Decent pace but not the fastest player but his style of play, speed is not an important skill for him. A player who enjoys to press when needed and necessary. He has a fairly small frame and definitely needs to bulk up if he wants to play regular first team football. However, his small frame does make him agile and gives him good balance.

TECHNICAL

He is labelled the new Toni Kroos because of his similar technical abilities and playing style. Quite ambidextrous but he prefers to use his right foot for his passing. Not the best dribbler of the ball but an incredibly gifted passer just like Toni Kroos. His passing range and technique is rivalled by only a handful of players of his age. He can switch the play, dictate the tempo and pick out a through with so much ease. And with a variety of passes, chipped through balls, or defence splitting through balls or even long diagonal to other end of the field. He has a tendency of favouring the right wing for his long diagonal passes more than the left side.

TACTICAL

Tactically, he has a weakness in his game, in that he does at time lose concentration in a game and mistime passes. And he can at times let the game pass him by because he doesn’t always command the ball to be played through him. A skill he needs to develop, if he wants to become a top deep lying playmaker in the future. But tactically, he is beyond his years. His intelligence and spatial awareness is his strong point. Watching his game could be used as a way to teach other youngsters how to move off the ball and look over your shoulder before asking for a pass when playing in the central or defensive midfield role. As the video below shows:

Potential: (Elite Class)

********* (9/10)

He has all the potential to be one of the world’s best deep lying playmakers.  If he continues his growth, it won’t be too long till he is a regular for the Bayern Munich team and also the German national team. Just like Toni Kroos, I have every belief in his abilities to one day be included in the FIFPRO World XI.

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