German national team coach Joachim Löw has labelled Leon Goretzka as the future leader of the national side, wanting him to lead the new generation of German players.
Löw wants Goretzka to be the leader of a young German side containing Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Sule, Serge Gnabry and Timo Werner. Speaking on Goretzka, Löw stated that he had originally planned for him to play at right-back for Germany, as "he can also be this type of player".
Adding to this, Löw said that "He is a player with a combination of a lot of dynamism, very good technique and good positional ability."
Apart from his ability on the pitch, Löw has also been impressed by the midfielder's attitude, claiming that he is "very good to talk to for young players" being someone that is "very critical" and who has got "a very acute sense of justice".
Goretzka has shined for Germany, scoring 11 goals in 25 international appearances.
Goretzka has managed to displace Thiago from the Bayern Munich team, showing his growing influence on the side, highlighted by his wonderful performance in Bayern's 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen, where he scored one and assisted another. His manager, Hans-Dieter Flick, has also heaped on the praise, saying that he "is showing up when the team needs to find solutions and break through the wall when things get tight". The German has managed seven goals and provided nine assists for Bayern Munich in 28 games in all competitions this season, a very favourable return for a player that is not used to such an attacking role.