In his press conference earlier today, rumored Bayern Munich transfer target and current Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Jonas Hofmann thinks his versatility has made him a very attractive player for Germany.
Hofmann is expected to feature at right-back under Hansi Flick, but is mostly known for his work in the central midfield and on the wing. When asked about why versatile players are so important for the national team, Hofmann spoke about the advantages that can be offered to a coach.
“A versatile player, is a player who can play a lot of different positions. He offers the coach many possibilities. I can remember a game under Marco Rose where I played four positions. For me, it’s a positive aspect. A versatile player can adapt very quickly and implement perfectly what is required,” said Hofmann as captured by SPOX. “If you give the coach a lot of opportunities to be flexible, it increases the likelihood of being on the pitch. At the EURO, I was scheduled as a right-back in the five-man backline, now it’s the four-man backline. In training it was a test. But for me it was clear that I’d dig in there to be there immediately when called upon in a World Cup qualifier.”
As for how Hofmann sees himself fitting in Germany’s squad, the 29-year-old thinks his offensive prowess makes him a quality option at right-back.
“We still have games ahead of us where I’m in good hands with my offensive drive. I’ll also be more in it defensively with the experience. I’m a guy who can implement things very quickly and adapt. If it’s against Spain, France, I’ll have the confidence to play as a right-back,” said Hofmann. “It’s about having the offensive drive under control and not rushing forward like a wild man. You have to weigh whether it makes sense to push forward. Getting the defense into the game is what’s special in a project like this.”