Rumours of Kingsley Coman potentially leaving Bayern Munich have been building for a while causing some fans and pundits to speculate just who the club might be considering to bring in to replace the winger. The solution may well lie within the club already in the form of Swedish winger Alex Timossi Anderson.
“Timo” has to a large degree been flying under the radar but his loan to the Austrian Bundesliga has been a solid success and week by week he is building his case to be considered to join the first team.
Last year we covered Timo as he joined Klagenfurt in the Austrian second division and arrived with elbows up and studs flashing earning himself an average of a yellow card a game and two expulsions in this first five matches. Since then the 20-year-old’s game has settled and he was key in helping his club earn a promotion to the OBL. He has been steadily working his way through the Bayern system since 2018, and along with Taylor Booth, is one of Bayern’s recent loan success stories.
Anderson’s stock continues to rise this year as he has become a first-on-the-game-sheet starter for the newly promoted side who are surprising everyone by sitting in fifth place in the OBL. He rarely leaves the field having logged 1,200 minutes in the first 15 games Klagenfurt has played this season.
Andersson’s skills seem to be maturing to match this aggression. So far, he has scored three goals and counted five assists (and two yellows of course) in his twelve league matches. The five assists put him only one off the league lead of six and is particularly impressive considering Klagenfurt are not a high-scoring side.
At the moment the wing position at Bayern is loaded with talent. One has to wonder what Timo brings to the table that might earn him a coveted roster spot. Besides his good speed and passing skills, his grit and physicality make him stand out. Anderson is the kind of player no one enjoys playing 90 minutes against as you know you will be going home blooded and bruised after a full game battle with the youngster. His fierce aggression is reminiscent of the attitude King Franck (Franck Ribery) brought to the field over his career.
Even if he does not fulfill his recently restated dream of playing for Bayern he has developed into a quality professional and if Bayern extend his contract he will add value to the team either on the pitch or in the market.