Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard was originally signed to be one of Bayern Munich’s center-backs, but never really had enough time to establish himself at the position.
When Joshua Kimmich moved to central midfield on a permanent basis, Pavard slid into the role of right-back and has been the starter ever since.
Now, however, it appears that Pavard would like to return to playing a central defensive role, where he is more “comfortable.” According to Tz’s Philipp Kessler, Pavard is unable to make the move to center-back until Bayern Munich finds a capable replacement at right-back:
#Pavard will beim #FCBayern künftig regelmäßig in der Innenverteidigung eingesetzt werden. Im Abwehr-Zentrum fühlt er sich wohler als auf der RV-Position. So lange dort aber kein gleichwertiger/besserer Spieler gefunden wird, spielt er weiter hauptsächlich als RV. @mano_bonke— Philipp Kessler (@kessler_philipp) September 22, 2021
#Pavard wants to be used regularly in central defense at #FCBayern in the future. He feels more comfortable in the center of defense than in the RB position. But as long as no equivalent/better player is found there, he will continue to play mainly as RV. @mano_bonke
This presents an interesting dilemma for Bayern Munich and one that might eventually lead to Pavard transferring away.