Bayern Munich executive chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has already praised new signing James Rodriguez’s versatility but how will Carlo Ancelotti deploy the Colombian?

It can be said that James never really fitted in under Rafa Benitez or Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid, so we look at how he can be worked into Die Roten’s 4-3-3 or even a new 4-2-3-1.

Central midfield

Without Xabi Alonso to anchor the midfield, Rodriguez could force Arturo Vidal into the centre of the park despite the Chilean being a key creator alongside Thiago Alcantara last season. However, competition is great; Corentin Tolisso and Sebastian Rudy have just joined the club in this department alongside wonder kid Renato Sanches.

Down the flanks

Ancelotti played the Colombian down one side of a forward three at Real and this could be his new home at Allianz Arena. Having enjoyed this role to great effect before, there is an opening at Bayern for James as Douglas Costa leaves for Juventus and star wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben progress in the years. However, Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman and Thomas Muller will all have their eyes on the support roles for Robert Lewandowski.

Attacking midfield

Theoretically, playing down the centre of a 4-2-3-1, or similar, is Rodriguez’s best position. Able to link play between the midfield and attack while entering the box himself, a shift in system in Munich could suit him down to the ground.


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