Leon Goretzka, Niklas Süle and Joshua Kimmich could be central - quite literally - to Bayern Munich's pursuit of success under Julian Nagelsmann next season.
Eight of the most recent Germany squad which went to UEFA Euro 2020 were Bayern players, but be it through injury, loss of form or simply being victims of their own versatility, Goretzka, Süle and Kimmich in particular will be relieved to hear what Nagelsmann has had to say about the personnel he will inherit at the Allianz Arena.
Goretzka missed 14 Bayern games last season with a calf injury hindering his campaign; Süle only started 16 of a possible 34 league fixtures under Nagelsmann's predecessor Hansi Flick, and while Kimmich was a cornerstone in central midfield, he lined up on the right flank for Germany this summer, with Toni Kroos and Ilkay Gündogan getting the nod through the middle.
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Nagelsmann plans to use each of the aforementioned players, though, and in their preferred positions.
"Josh and Leon are both at an excellent footballing age," he told SportBild. "They're slightly different types of player. Josh feels incredibly comfortable sitting in front of the defence, and is very good as a No.6 with attacking and defensive skills. Leon is surely one of the best box-to-box players in Europe, with a huge goal-threat and an unbelievable sense of timing."
What happens behind that midfield pivot appears less clear. Last season's first-choice central defensive partnership of David Alaba and Jerome Boateng have left the club, and while Dayot Upamecano has been signed from RB Leipzig - like Nagelsmann - to help plug the gap, Süle can be optimistic of an uptick in playing time under his former Hoffenheim mentor.
"Niki didn't have the happiest season, but he also has all the tools a world-class central defender should have, that shouldn't be forgotten," Nagelsmann said. "If he has the insight to work on his weaknesses and now has a coach who has known him since U16, I'm confident he'll get back to full strength. He knows that, but I think very, very highly of him."
Nagelsmann's formations may be almost impossible to second-guess for opposition coaches, but it seems like he is ready to rely on Bayern's German spine, which also includes captain Manuel Neuer and attacking talents Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry.