Bayern Munich’s central midfield trio of Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, and Marcel Sabitzer is one of the most talented and versatile threesomes in all of football.
After those star players, however, there are a lot of question marks for Bayern Munich.
Corentin Tolisso seems destined to leave during the winter transfer window as the Bavarians are scrambling to even get 10 cents on the dollar for the Frenchman these days. The club could let him walk away on a free transfer next summer, but — to be frank — the team has not really had Tolisso available much this season anyway and are already accustomed to planning without him. As much as he might be a good depth piece on a squad that looks poised to contend for a treble, it might be wise to unload him in January.
When healthy, Tolisso at least affords Julian Nagelsmann the confidence of having a solid back-up to his first three. Michael Cuisance and Marc Roca have not left the same impression on their new boss.
Nagelsmann essentially said both players were good, but not good enough to make the game day roster. For two, once highly-touted players, that news had to sting.
It can probably be assumed that if either player draws even tertiary interest from another club that the Bavarians would be willing to talk.
The uncertainty of who provides depth, does not end there, though.
Taylor Booth seems to have caught the eye of Nagelsmann and has earned the right to train with the first team, but youngster Torben Rhein might be feeling a little left out.
Once hailed as the gem of the youth campus, the expectations on Rhein seem to have cooled a bit — at least for now. One thing we have learned in the past about Rhein is that he is expecting a rather quick progression to the first team. If it looks like it will not happen, the 18-year-old could seek to move on himself if he does not have the patience to wait things out. Rhein’s contract only runs through the end of this season.
The club’s depth, though, is bolstered by some other versatile players. Thomas Müller, Jamal Musiala, Tanguy Nianzou, and Josip Stanisic have all filled various roles within the central midfield at times, which can absolutely help in a pinch.
Whatever happens, it appears that Bayern Munich will be in the market for some new bodies in the central midfield leading into next summer.
Finding players who are willing to walk in to a number four spot on the depth chart, however, might be easier said than done.