Bayern Munich: Chris Richards will benefit from another loan move

Bayern Munich defender Chris Richards is likely to go on loan to Hoffenheim. (Photo by Michael Titgemeyer/Getty Images for DFB)
Bayern Munich defender Chris Richards is likely to go on loan to Hoffenheim. (Photo by Michael Titgemeyer/Getty Images for DFB) /

Bayern Munich didn’t have the best results from the loan transfers of various young players that took place in the last two transfer windows. However, loan spells of Lars Lukas Mai and Chris Richards were productive in terms of getting consistent playing time.

Mai has already gone out on another loan move as Die Roten reached an agreement with Werder Bremen. It does look like Chris Richards could also go down the same route. According to SportBild (via Bulinews), Die Roten is planning to send Richards back to Hoffenheim after the youngster featured regularly during the second half of last season.

Even though Richards has reported to Sabner Strasse for pre-season training, a move away from the club would benefit him more than staying at Die Roten. The young defender will be training under Julian Nagelsmann for few days before sealing a loan move.

Chris Richards was part of the first team during the first half of the last season. The young USA defender got some playing time under Hansi Flick last season, including a start in the right-back position. Richards shone in that role and set up a goal for Robert Lewandowski.

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As the season went on, Richards played more with the reserves team. When the winter window opener, Rekordmeister sanctioned a six-month loan move to Hoffenheim. Chris Richards took very little time to adapt in Hoffenheim and ended up starting 11 games for the club in the second half of the season. (Stats courtesy: Whoscored)

Richards has settled in the environment at Hoffenheim, so sending him out on loan at the same club will be a wise move. The German Champions reportedly rate Richards highly, so a loan move will further help him to get near the first team. In the worst possible scenario, Rekordmeister ends up pocketing a considerable amount of fee if Richards continues to shine for Hoffenheim.

Staying at Die Roten will be counterproductive for Richards since there is a lot of competition for places in the heart of the defense. He may eventually end up playing more in the reserves team if he stays in Bavaria. Since the young defender shone in the Bundesliga last season, playing with reserves will not be ideal for his development.

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Meanwhile, attacking midfielder Sarpreet Singh has gone out on loan to Jahn Regensburg. The Kiwi midfielder spent six months at FC Nurnberg last season before returning to Die Roten in January. Singh struggled to get playing time at Nurnberg, so he will be hoping for much better fortune in 2.Bundesliga this season with Jahn Regensburg.