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Bayern Munich’s Frans Krätzig comments on his switch from midfield to left-back

Could Bayern Munich’s latest campus graduate follow in the footsteps of David Alaba?

FC Bayern München v Sport-Club Freiburg - Bundesliga
Frans Krätzig in action against SC Freiburg
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Bayern Munich’s latest campus jewel, Franz Krätzig, has enjoyed a strong start to life in Bayern’s first team roster.

The Nuremburg-born prospect first burst onto the scene for Bayern scoring a left-footed rocket in a preseason friendly against Liverpool. Since then, the whiz-kid has not looked back, making his debut Bundesliga appearance in a 7-0 thrashing of VFL Bochum and just days later, netting his first competitive goal for Die Roten in a 4-0 victory over Preußen Münster in the DFB-Pokal.

The 20-year-old has mainly been deployed as a left-back for Bayern, so it may come as a surprise that he spent years playing as a central midfielder at youth level. Krätzig commented on the positional change in his latest interview with the club magazine.

Franz Krätzig joins a list of Bayern players who switched from midfield to full-back in order to take their first steps into the first team, such as: Philipp Lahm, Joshua Kimmich and most stylistically, David Alaba.

The chief point that stands out with Krätzig is his intelligence to make such a seamless switch from midfield to left-back, two very different positions. It is no coincidence that all the players who previously made this jump were, and still is in Kimmich’s case, some of Bayern’s most intelligent players. A positive sign indeed.

It is still unclear whether Frans Krätzig will follow in the footsteps of Lahm, Kimmich and Alaba. Although one thing is certain, the young left-back has a bright future ahead of him and Bayern fans will certainly be watching him in earnest this season.

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