- Joshua Kimmich has only played 42 minutes in Bayern Munich’s last five games
- Kimmich burst onto the scene last season under then-manager Pep Guardiola
- Carlo Ancelotti has used the youngster sparingly, preferring more senior players
- Kimmich is viewed as a potential long-term successor to the retiring Phillip Lahm
Bayern Munich youngster Joshua Kimmich has announced he wants change after a lack of game time this season under Carlo Ancelotti.
Kimmich had a breakthrough campaign last campaign under then-manager Pep Guardiola which saw him force his way into the Germany squad for Euro 2016.
Guardiola used Kimmich both as a right back and in central midfield as Bayern stormed to a German league and Cup double.
Joshua Kimmich has been largely limited to brief substitute appearances of late for Bayern
However despite a remarkable start to this season where he scored eight times in eight games, the 22-year-old has found playing time harder to come by this year – with Ancelotti giving preference to more senior stars.
Kimmich has played just 42 minutes in Bayern’s last five matches and was an unused substitute in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
And after the game Kimmich admitted his frustration at the current situation, telling reporters via FourFourTwo: ‘It does not matter whether I understand it or not. The fact is I’m not satisfied with it and I want to change it.
‘The coach knows I can play as a No 6 and at right back, also in the centre of defence. From that he has many options to use me.
‘I know my weaknesses and work on them – especially when I’m not playing, I try to do more.’
Kimmich (pictured with Thomas Muller) has played 42 minutes in the last five Bayern games
Carlo Ancelotti has gone with more experienced players than Kimmich for Bayern this season
Kimmich made his breakthrough at Bayern last campaign under then-manager Pep Guardiola
JOSHUA KIMMICH’S LACK OF MATCH TIME
Feb 25 – unused sub in 8-0 win vs Hamburg
March 1 – 14 minutes in 3-0 win vs Schalke
March 4 – 17 minutes in 3-0 win vs Cologne
March 7 – 11 minutes in 5-1 win vs Arsenal
March 11 – unused sub in 3-0 win vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Though he did admit there was a chance that more playing time around the corner saying: ‘In the Bundesliga we have a good lead now and maybe [the team] will be rotated.’
And Phillip Lahm, the man Kimmich is being touted as a long-term replacement for, echoed those sentiments.
Lahm said: ‘Josh has showed what level he can play at but we are at Bayern,’ he told reporters. ‘It is always difficult to play from the start, you have to accept that.
‘He is absolutely professional and I believe it is a question of time until he plays again.’
Bayern’s win over Eintracht Frankfurt was their fifth straight win and it followed the 5-1 destruction of Arsenal at the Emirates – a Champions League tie which they won 10-2 on aggregate to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Kimmich is seen as the long-term successor to Phillip Lahm (right) – who retires in the summer