June 27, 2022

According to a kicker report, Konrad Laimer has informed RB Leipzig that he doesn’t want to renew his contract, although he didn’t tell them he wants to leave immediately. In Leipzig, there is talk of an asking price of 25-30 million euros. They’d rather not sell to Bayern Munich, but the scenario isn’t ruled out (as captured by @iMiaSanMia).

All this talk of multiple clubs, from Manchester United to Bayern Munich, showing interest in the Austrian raises a few questions.

How good is Konrad Laimer? Is he the midfielder Bayern need?

Here are the answers to all your questions.

Simply put, Laimer is a pressing machine. He is a high volume presser and is extremely effective at regaining possession. His aggressive and energetic style of play, combined with a good rate of tackle success, makes him the perfect midfielder. Many pundits draw comparisons between his style of play and that of N’Golo Kante.

There aren’t many players who can upset the opponent the way Laimer does. He is also excellent at taking the opponent off the ball and clearing the way to launch counter-attacks.

In a double pivot, Laimer aims to progress with the ball while also helping to create wide overloads. Simply put, Laimer is extremely comfortable with the ball at his feet, and also excellent at finding space.

(Essentially, a wide overload occurs when a central midfielder passes to a winger in a wide area.)

If you’re already impressed with Laimer, his next quality will be the icing on the cake.

It is incredibly resistant to the press. He is as good at escaping the press as he is at pressing. He has the pace and energy to regain possession when he loses it and ALSO is brilliant in difficult situations.

His energy won the admiration of fellow Austrian Marko Arnautovic: “I don’t know what he ate or drank before. Covering such an amount of ground is insane. He has a huge future. »

Laimer doesn’t have great passing stats, which has to do with Leipzig’s vertical passing, something we’ve seen in Bayern games since Julian Nagelsmann’s takeover.

Former Salzburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach coach Adi Hutter on Laimer: “He is incredibly aggressive on the ball, challenges opponents very hard and brings established professionals onto the pitch. He knows exactly what he wants. »

His stats (accessible on FBref.com) testify to his skills as a skilled yet energetic midfield beast.

Now let us see if Laimer is a necessity for the Bayern midfielder, for which we will list the problems with the Bayern midfielder and cite solutions for the same.

Problem: Constantly losing the ball and not being able to win it back

The solution: The presence of Laimer can certainly help; this has been explained in detail.

Problem: Skip has been terrible lately

The solution: It has a lot to do with the vertical overtaking system and Laimer probably won’t be much help, as he’s not really good at overtaking.

Problem: Sensitive and vulnerable when pressed

The solution: Laimer is, by all accounts, both an excellent presser and an extremely press-resistant player.

(The other issues with the midfield such as fatigue and so on have more to do with the team’s lack of rotation.)

Laimer would be a massive addition to Bayern’s squad, but this transfer isn’t without its problems.

  • The Fees: An asking price of €25-30m is no joke.
  • Players like Marcel Sabitzer and Ryan Gravenberch, who are behind Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka in the pecking order, are also looking for playing time. With a busier than usual season ahead of us, a player like Laimer can be an asset crucial until Nagelsmann decides not to rotate the team. This is essentially more of a Nagelsmann issue than the transfer itself.

What do you think of the possibility of Laimer moving to Bayern? Are you looking forward to seeing it here in the future? Let us know in the comments.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.