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Kimmich: Lahm's perfect successor tipped to become Germany's future captain

Kimmich: Lahm's perfect successor tipped to become Germany's future captain

Joshua Kimmich captained Germany as they drew 2-2 with Argentina on Wednesday, with the sight of him being captain leading to many to picture him mirroring Lahm's successful career for both Germany and Bayern Munich.

With the national team captain, Manuel Neuer, being rested for the friendly, Kimmich was named as the captain for the match, leading to many to believe that once Neuer decides to hang up his boots for Germany, the young right-back will become the long-term captain to lead the side.

If Kimmich does become captain, he will be following in the footsteps of plenty of other legends to captain both Germany and Bayern Munich, some of which being Oliver Kahn, Manuel Neuer, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and of course Philipp Lahm.

Like Lahm, Kimmich has been renowned for his versatility ever since he was still a teenager. At the age of just 19, he was bought by Bayern Munich from RB Leipzig, mainly to play as a central midfielder, but injuries to several defenders led to him being deployed at the heart of the defence during the 2015/16, with 17 of his 35 appearances for that season coming at centre-back, with only two being at right-back.

In the following season, he was restored to his natural position at the heart of the midfield, and became quite the goalscorer, scoring nine goals and producing two assists.

However, with the ageing Lahm leaving during the 2017/18 season, Bayern Munich had a void to fill at right-back, and Kimmich ended up playing 44 out of his 46 appearances at right-back. However, this switch was immensely justified, with the German scoring six goals and producing an astonishing 17 assists.

Being a natural central midfielder, Kimmich likes to push forward and attack down the right flank, and whilst he often leaves some spaces at the back, if there are disciplined midfielders that are ready to fill in the spaces and allow him to create down the flank, then he will flourish.

On the other hand, Joachim Low has stated in the past that he prefers Kimmich to be in the middle of the park and be a holding midfielder, yet with the limited options available at right-back, Low might end up being forced to deploy him at that position no matter what.

Whatever position he ends up playing in, Kimmich will undoubtebly produce what is needed, and he might just have what it takes to become the next Bayern Munich and German captain.


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