The rise and rise of Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich

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21-year-old Joshua Kimmich scored his first ever goals for Germany and Bayern Munich in the last week-and-a-half, capping his incredible rise to prominence.

Football Soccer - Bayern Munich v FC Rostov - Champions League

On September 4, with Germany 1-0 up against Norway in the first round of World Cup Qualifiers, Joshua Kimmich advanced on the right, played the ball into Mesut Ozil. The Arsenal playmaker found Thomas Muller, who slipped it through to the onrushing Kimmich, who drilled it into the far corner. It was his first goal for the national team - and the start of something special for the youngster. 

Five days later, he was named among the substitutes for his club - Bayern Munich - as they travelled to Gelsenkirchen for their clash with Schalke 04. That fixture was not supposed to be about him, but about the highly anticipated debut of 19-year-old Renato Sanches. The Portugese youngster endured a difficult debut, and was replaced by Kimmich with less than 20 minutes left to play. 

However, in stoppage time, Kimmich finished off a sweeping counter-attack to put Bayern 2-0 up and seal the win for his side. It was his first goal for the club. 

Football Soccer - Schalke 04 v Bayern Munich - German BundesligaAnd it didn't end there. Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti, clearly impressed by his young charge, handed him a start against FC Rostov in the opening group game of the Champions League. Kimmich netted twice, converting Douglas Costa's low cross from the left, and producing a glancing header soon after - his first Champions League goals.

The German is a hugely versatile player, and has come on in leaps and bounds since joining Bayern Munich from RB Leipzig. Last season, he was often deployed as the deepest midfielder or even as a makeshift defender in a Pep Guardiola system that dominated possession and required even its defenders to be good footballers, capable of starting attacks from deep. 

The position got the best out of Kimmich's obvious natural qualities, he showed great tenacity in winning the ball back while demonstrating excellent close control and a superb range of passing. Working with Guardiola was also of obvious benefit to his development.

However, centre-half is clearly not where his future lies, as despite his success when filling in last season, he stands at just 5'9", a serious aerial disadvantage. 

For Germany, however, he was brought along to the Euros as a defender, and - unexpectedly - featured in four of their six games, being deployed mostly as a right-back or right wing-back. His goal against Norway came from the same position.

Germany's Joshua Kimmich in action with Czech Republic's Jiri SkalakIn many ways, both Bayern and Germany will see Kimmich as an answer to prayer. For Die Mannschaft, he is the answer to the full-back problems that have plagued them ever since Philipp Lahm's retirement. For Bayern, he can also be Lahm's successor, capable of playing at full-back, but very much at home as a holding midfielder, providing bite, flair and passing range. 

He has a long way to go before he hits the heights of Lahm's career, but if he continues in this vein, Joshua Kimmich could rise higher than any of us could have imagined.

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