Incoming Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann will take over the squad at a very fascinating period.
With a strong core of important, vocal, and key veterans still integral to the team’s success, Nagelsmann will be tasked — at some point — will helping guide the transition of the team’s leadership structure from the old guard to the next generation.
According to Bild, the current leadership group includes Manuel Neuer, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller, David Alaba, Joshua Kimmich, and Leon Goretzka, but Alaba’s imminent departure is already leaving a hole in the committee.
Per Bild, “Nagelsmann won’t change much at first. But: He signed for five years, so he’ll look a little further into the future. Especially Kimmich and Goretzka (both 26 years old) could take on even more important roles as the absolute leading players under the new coach.”
The shift to Kimmich and Goretzka seems inevitable — should both players extend their current contracts — but how quickly Nagelsmann integrates new members into that group will be interesting. It would seem that Neuer, Müller, and Lewandowski are all going to play important roles for the next two-to-three years.
From there, however, some new leaders will have to emerge — and Nagelsmann will be tasked with ensuring the next generation of stars will hold the same “Mia San Mia” values that exist within the leadership group today.