Another win for Bayern Munich, another masterclass from that man Joshua Kimmich.
The German and European champions took all three points in a hard-fought win against Lokomotiv Moscow on Tuesday night, with Kimmich scoring a wonderful volley late on to win it.
Leon Goretzka had opened the scoring early in the first half with a header before Anton Miranchuk equalised with 20 minutes to go. But then Kimmich decided to settle the game himself, controlling a pass from Javi Martinez before swivelling and volleying the ball into the far bottom corner.
It was yet another example of the 25 year old’s talent and technique, which has seen him move from first-choice right-back to first-choice central-midfielder for Bayern Munich over the last 18 months.
Almost a carbon copy of German legend Phillip Lahm, his versatility and ability to be world class in several positions has seen him held in high acclaim across Europe. But one thing he has that Lahm never really did is goal involvement.
In 7 appearances so far this season, Kimmich has 3 goals and 3 assists. Last season Kimmich racked up a super impressive 11 assists and 4 goals in 44 games from defensive midfield and right-back including the assist for the winner in the Champions League final.
With Thiago now gone, he has taken up the role of chief creator from deeper in midfield and it is showing. With the skillset he has, he may well be the most complete footballer in the world today.
Defensively he can do everything that the best outright defenders in the world can do. He is quick, he is strong, he’s hard to beat one on one, he’s excellent in the air and he’s comfortable on the ball.
In his midfield role he wins duels, dictates the tempo of a game, breaks lines with his passing, is comfortable in tight spaces and is positionally excellent when without the ball. He has a true football brain and reads the game as if he’s a teenager with a J.K Rowling story in their hand.
In the final third he excels too with his superb ball striking technique, excellent crossing, ability to beat a man in a wide position, ability to disguise a pass, excellent weight of pass and above all exceptional decision making.
While it’s incredibly rare for a defensive player to ever be recognised as the best in the world, Kimmich has a genuine claim to the title. If not the best, then without a doubt the most well rounded and complete footballer on planet Earth.
With Bayern’s success showing no signs of slowing down at the moment, another campaign with the form he’s in may see Kimmich begin to get a semblance of the recognition he deserves as one of the best footballers around.