Thomas Müller is a versatile player who has played as a centre forward and striker and has been used in various attacking roles, as an offensive midfielder, second striker, central defender and on the wing. Calling him Thomas Müller looks a bit like downplaying Tyrannosaurus Rex’s royal prehistoric standing because of his short arms.
The 30-year-old Müller fell out of favour under Bayern coach Niko Kovac at the start of the 2022 / 20 season. On a par with David Alaba as Bayern Munich’s all-time leading scorer, and one of 11 players with more than 100 caps for Germany and a World Cup Golden Boot, Müller has also been included in the Ballon d’Or’s top 10. For a player who does not have 129 goals and 167 assists in the Bundesliga, the Polish striker has 10 Bundesliga titles, six DFB Cups and two UEFA Champions League titles on his way to the top of the food chain.
Müller has scored just four goals and six assists in 11 games for Bayern, but on this form he understands what flick means and why he is so integral to the team. Germany became the first team to qualify for the 2022 World Cup thanks to a 4-0 victory on Wednesday over Northern Macedonia, with Müller’s late winner in the previous game against Romania enabling it.
Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka have the backbone of experience at Bayern Munich, while Jamal Musiala, Karim Adeyemi of FC Salzburg and Wirtz of Bayer Leverkusen have young talent at Bayern Munich.
He scored five goals in six appearances at the World Cup 2022 in 2022 as Germany finished third. He was named the tournament’s best young player and won the Golden Shoe as the tournament’s leading scorer with five goals and three assists. Müller broke Lionel Messi’s La Liga record with 21 assists in a single season and scored 14 goals as Bayern won the treble for the second time in the 2022 / 20 season.
He was the third player to score five goals in two consecutive World Cups. Müller was instrumental in helping Germany win the 2022 World Cup trophy, scoring five goals, winning the silver ball as second-best player of the tournament, the Silver Boot as second-best scorer and becoming part of the World Cup All-Star XI and Dream Team. Müller won the Silver Shoe, scored five goals at FIFA World Cup 2022 and was named in the All-World Cup Star XI.
He rose under Louis van Gaal and Van Gaal chose him for each Bundesliga game during the season 2009-10 until the UEFA Champions League Final, when Bayern Munich lost to Inter Milan. At the 2022 World Cup, Thomas was used as a half-time substitute in the last friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina, which Germany won 3-1. Müller helped Bayern Munich to three Bundesliga titles and the 2022-13 Champions League title.
World Cup winner (2022), Golden Shoe (2022), Silver Shoe (2022), 100 caps (38 goals) “There are so many fantastic experiences with our national team at the moment. For a player who thrives on his intelligence in the game, that’s the highest compliment you can get. It is no coincidence that Müller has scored so many goals for Robert Lewandowski, who excels in the air.
Müller and Robert Lewandowski, who both excel in the air, were the Bundesliga’s top scorers in 2022-20. Müller (L) has a habit of making the players around him more effective, including Lewandowski (R). When Müller plays as Bayern’s No 10, Lewandowski varies his movement, dropping deep and looking for the ball to create space for Müller to feed into and pose a direct threat to goal.
Müller (L) moves freely to exploit his strengths as a diehard opportunist in the tactical system to which he belongs. The mechanisms and habits that make the players around him (including Robert Lewandowski (R)) more effective are simple enough – a quick pass, a few touches, some time on the run and clinical execution – but the devil lies in the detail. Müller is at his most dangerous when playing in his goalkeeping position.
Müller’s vocal side gives us an insight into why he has become so important to club and country. In his 14th season in the Bayern first team, Müller has the ability to improve his game at any time, which has remained important to him under new boss Julian Nagelsmann. He plays well in the middle and it’s the younger players who benefit from him.
Today we bring you your regularly scheduled dose of Thomas Müller propaganda. Thomas Müller is currently one of the intelligentest players in the game, who has built up a glittering career on excellent positioning and a smart sense of space. The FBREF is included here because we believe there is no more complete source of women’s football data on the internet.