FC Bayern Munich’s quest for a defensive midfielder is approaching its limitations with the transfer window ending on September 2nd. The club’s desire for depth at the number six position has been apparent with Die Roten heavily linked with Espanyol midfielder, Marc Roca. Now that only six days of the transfer window remain, Abendzeitung explored the possibility of Joshua Kimmich playing in the six role.
The first victory of the Bundesliga season saw FC Bayern deploy Kimmich in a midfield three behind Corentin Tolisso and Thomas Müller. Thanks to the club’s defensive depth and versatility as a result of the additions of Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez, Niko Kovac had the ability to change the line-up after Thiago was ruled out at the last minute.
Based on the team’s performance in previous fixtures, AZ highlighted the limitations of Thiago playing as Bayern’s number six. Against Borussia Dortmund in the DFL Supercup and Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga opener, Bayern Munich’s opponents took advantage of the space available in midfield and defense because of the Bavarians’ issues with tracking back defensively.
Kimmich’s positive performance in midfield against Schalke might offer Bayern Munich the opportunity to play the 24-year-old in a role he is widely known to prefer. It remains to be seen, though, whether the club might still be active in the transfer window with six days remaining. However, Die Roten also have the ability to take advantage of versatility of the current squad and could look to use that flexibility more readily.