As Philipp Lahm, Thiago Alcantara, Thomas Müller, Xabi Alonso and Javi Martinez all watched on from the bench, a fresh-faced teenager pulled on his number 33 shirt and showed his peers why he had been earmarked as the future of Bayern Munich.

Two years and almost three months on from that 3-0 win at Darmstadt, Joshua Kimmich pulled on that famous red shirt for the 100th time at Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend.

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Still just 22, Kimmich has come on leaps and bounds from that starting debut for the record champions. Most of his early appearances were in the centre of midfield before an injury crisis hit the defence and he was slotted into the centre of the back four – for a UEFA Champions League last-16 clash with Juventus, no less.

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His versatility has since stretched further as he beds into his new role, as Bayern's new regular right full-back; their new Lahm.

Lahm was also revered for his versatility, playing left full-back for Bayern and on the right for Germany before also switching at club and country into a defensive midfield role, lifting the World Cup in 2014 having played predominantly in that position in Brazil. It is almost the mirror reflection of Kimmich's career path to date, even if the 22-year-old shirks comparisons.

"It's nice, but on the other hand, I'd like to go my own way," he told Germany's Bild newspaper in the summer. "Philipp was brutally consistent and there were very, very few games in which he was not outstanding, and of course I'd like to make as few mistakes as Philipp did, and also play as intelligently as he did."

Kimmich recently appeared in 23 consecutive games for Germany, setting a new national team record.

Kimmich already has the consistency, underlined by breaking Berti Vogts' Germany record of making 22 consecutive starts for his country, and he has shown plenty of the composure of his predecessor, for club and country.

As he brings up a century of appearances for Bayern, it is certainly imaginable that he will match if not better Lahm's 332 German top-flight turn-outs for his hometown club. Considering their first 14 outings as Bayern's right full-back, plenty of similarities already catch the eye.

Both have been actively involved in the game, with Kimmich's 764 passes just under 100 shy of Lahm's, albeit both having almost identical success rates with just 11.4 per cent mislaid passes for Kimmich compared to 11.5 for Lahm. The 90 phases of possession – one per minute of each game – is also almost identical, as are the number of long passes (46 vs 51) played.

Kimmich may have learned the ropes from Lahm, but he is pulling the strings differently for Bayern. © gettyimages / ALex Grimm

The differences are also significant, however, since they distinguish how Kimmich is indeed following his own path and not moulding himself entirely on Lahm.

While Lahm held no prisoners in the challenge, winning 63.1 per cent of his average 16 per game, Kimmich's 14 challenges for each 90 minutes resulted in a success rate of 46.5 per cent. An old footballing adage states you can only be dangerous when you have the ball, however, and Kimmich excels when in possession.

In the first 14 games of the season, he has set up 37 shots for his team-mates compared to Lahm's 18 over a similar time span, and the key difference has been the form of delivery: Lahm sent in 62 crosses while Kimmich has pinged the ball into the box from out wide only 39 times, confirming his preference of keeping the ball at his feet and penetrating into the area before finding a better-placed team-mate.

His is a modern interpretation of the full-back role, with his midfield propensities peeping through – not that this is such a bad thing.

"Joshua is one of the greatest talents I have seen in the past decade," said Germany coach Joachim Löw after Kimmich's latest outing for his country. "He's going to have an amazing career."

Few would argue with that assessment, just 99 games in, and with many more milestones clear in view on the horizon.

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