Joshua Kimmich has seen things take a turn for the worse in terms of his indispensability because he is no longer the untouchable player he thought he was. With his current performances deemed lacking by some, the Bayern Munich man’s place in the starting XI of the German national football team is not safe:
Joshua Kimmich could be at risk of losing his starting spot and has to fight for his place in the starting XI at the Euros, which he thought was secured. Kimmich, in particular, is being watched closely by the staff during the current games to prove himself alongside Ilkay Gündogan - especially after the duo Gündogan and Pascal Groß worked very well in midfield during the games in the US last month. Kimmich was first to be subbed off for Leon Goretzka against Turkey last night.
– BILD as captured by @iMiaSanMia
The running joke was that Kimmich was never a candidate for substitution during games and that any coach who dared to do so (and actually did it) would be in hot water with the midfielder. Now, the 28-year-old is at risk of getting relegated to the bench—ahead of a massive tournament on home soil, no less—which is the last thing an international player wants to happen.
This also hurts his chances to get a renewal with Bayern, as his contract with the Bavarians expiring in 2025.