If FC Bayern Munich meets RB Leipzig at the start of the second half of the season, Konrad Laimer will also play. In all likelihood, the 25-year-old midfielder will move to Munich this summer – and could also help out in a problematic position there. As long as he’s in good shape.
Coach Julian Nagelsmann, Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer: FC Bayern have used RB Leipzig a lot lately. A Konrad Laimer switch fell through last year because the clubs disagreed on a transfer fee. “I would have been ready to take the plunge. It was very close, but the green light from Leipzig didn’t come,” said Laimer. Servus TV.
Leipzig can no longer prevent a switch next summer: Laimer’s contract is about to expire and, in all likelihood, he will move to Munich on a free transfer. According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, he has already signed his new contract in Munich.
At the start of the second half of the season on Friday at 8:30 p.m. (click here for the live ticker), Laimer and his current employer will meet his probable future employer. With a victory, Leipzig could take up to three points behind leaders Munich. Laimer is expected to be in the starting XI – having missed much of the first half of the season through injury and only celebrating his return to friendlies during the winter break.
Konrad Laimer has missed 82 competitive games due to injury
Laimer was out at the start of the season with ankle problems, later a syndesmotic ligament rupture slowed him down for weeks. In total, he has only registered six competitive appearances this season.
Injury breaks are a recurring annoyance for Laimer: despite being only 25, he has already missed 82 competitive games, almost all of the 2020/21 season due to bone oedema. This general susceptibility may be due to his intense style of play. Laimer doesn’t shy away from a mile or a duel in central midfield – instead, he even searches for them quite avidly.
“Konny is the most intense football player I know. He’s the perfect player for modern pressing football,” his former Austria national Under-21 coach Werner Gregoritsch hailed on SPOX and GOAL this summer. “With his positive aggression, he chases every ball for 90 minutes and infects his whole team. Everyone loves having him as a teammate.”
Konrad Laimer compared to Kimmich and Goretzka
Nagelsmann called Laimer a “monster ball winning machine” during his time as Leipzig coach (2019 to 2021). If we look at the figures for the past season – which is more suitable as a comparison value than the current one due to his injury – Laimer does not stand out from his future Munich rivals in this category.
On average, Joshua Kimmich won a ball every 11.36 minutes, Leon Goretzka every 13.01. Laimer is exactly between the two with a value of 12.95. This season, the Munich duo have dropped to less than eleven – while Laimer have dropped to 14 in his few appearances. Kimmich and Goretzka do much better than Laimer in the duel rate, and in the success rate anyway.
Playing with the ball isn’t one of his big strengths, although that’s also down to Leipzig’s style of play and he’s improved considerably in that regard, especially under Nagelsmann. According to his own statement, Laimer “has taken a big leap forward” in terms of the builder’s game under his former (and likely future) coach.
FC Bayern: Laimer could help as a right-back
Kimmich and Goretzka could challenge Laimer in central midfield from the coming season, possibly even ousting Marcel Sabitzer from the squad. According to baby foot a sale of Laimer’s former colleague to Leipzig this summer is on the cards. In the winter break’s only test match against RB Salzburg (4:4), Sabitzer was only on the bench despite Goretzka’s absence, instead newcomer Ryan Gravenberch started alongside Kimmich.
However, Laimer cannot only be used in central midfield, at Leipzig he has also gained experience as a right-back. He could also help there in Munich, because the long-term occupation of this position is unclear: as we know, Benjamin Pavard wants to move to the center or alternatively to another club, otherwise the locals Josip Stanisic and Noussair Mazraoui, who is currently taking a break due to pericarditis, are available.
Managing Director Sport Max Eberl is already preparing in Leipzig for a future without Laimer: According to reports, the sports photography Manu Koné, whom Eberl brought from FC Toulouse to his former club Borussia Mönchengladbach two years ago for nine million euros. According to Fabrizio Romano, there is another hope for the 21-year-old Frenchman: FC Bayern.
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