The German international has been in superb form of late, with three assists in his last outing against FC Koln and he is quickly establishing himself as a mainstay in Bayern’s engine room.
It has been an up and down three weeks for Bayern. They won the Club World Cup but then followed that up with less than impressive outings in the Bundesliga. There was a clear hole in the middle of the park as Joshua Kimmich was without his right-hand man Leon Goretzka.
He did come on as a second-half substitute against Eintracht Frankfurt with his side chasing a result and he looked vastly improved in Bayern’s Champions League tie against Lazio. He owned the midfield and grabbed an assist as he set up teenage sensation Jamal Musiala for his side’s second goal on the contest.
24′ Excellent work by Davies to tangle up Lazio’s defence. A cool pass to Goretzka who lays off to Musiala for a low finish from outside the box. SCRUMPTIOUS.
— Bayern Central (@bayerncentral) February 23, 2021
Against FC Koln, Groetzka was a creative beast. He was often getting into great positions between the lines and was a huge help to Musiala who was occupying the number ten role. He finished the match with three assists to his name and all that did was show his eye for a pass when that bit of quality in the final third is needed.
His boss Hansi Flick lavished praise on the German international as Flick stated he was the man of the match with his performance. Aside from his three assists, Goretzka still had a super outing.
“Are you not entertained?” 🍿
— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) February 28, 2021
His main position was the number ten role when he was signed from Schalke and it was a trademark of his to arrive late into the box and score timely goals for the duration of the season. His debut season in Bavaria ended with him tallying nine goals and seven assists in all competitions.
Goretzka’s development has been incredible
His second and third seasons saw him develop into a much more well-rounded player as he added different elements to his game and now he is becoming a very versatile player in the middle of the park. His physical stature alone is impressive as he would consistently win aerial balls but it was his positional play that improved dramatically so he can now play deeper if needed or in a more advanced role as well.
Most players will sacrifice some parts of their game to get better, but with Goretzka, he did not. He still maintained his eye for goal and that makes his transformation even better for Bayern fans.
It is clear that the team revolves around Joshua Kimmich, but with the addition of a well-rounded Leon Goretzka, the midfield functions far better with him in there and there is no doubt that with a Kimmich-Goretzka tandem in midfield makes Bayern a far better side.
Injuries and a case of COVID-19 have set Goretzka back in recent times, but with his impressive performances of late, it is clear that he is one of the first names on Hansi Flick’s team sheet as Bayern look to retain both the Champions League and Bundesliga crowns this season.