Six players on loan will return to Bayern Munich next summer. Most of them no longer have any real prospects in Munich. But with Joshua Zirkzee and Chris Richards, this appears to be different.
Given the recent past, Bayern’s loan deals weren’t really successful. On the other hand, Joshua Zirkzee and Chris Richards have made a hopeful leap into the professional field this season and have not only played regularly for loan clubs, but have also been impressed by their solid performance.
Zirkzee scored 16 goals in 35 league matches for RSC Anderlecht. Richards also played 19 matches for Hoffenheim and started 13 times. The American would certainly have had more matches but he has been struggling with injuries in recent months.
Bayern youth get a place in the team
Recently, reports have been circulating that Bavaria may sell its local factories to make a profit in the summer. According to Kicker, those responsible for Izar have distanced themselves from this idea. Accordingly, both should secure a place in the squad for the 2022/23 season with the Pros. The trade magazine described the two young talents as “newcomers” aiming to increase competition for their respective positions.
“It doesn’t make much sense.”
Whether this will actually happen is an open question. Zirkzee recently confirmed that he would like to play regularly at the top level in the future and is therefore critical of a return to Bayern: “I get minutes here, that was my goal. I don’t think it makes sense to come back to Bayern Munich after a season in which I played a lot”.
The Dutchman is contractually bound only with the record champions until 2023. With Robert Lewandowski and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Bayern have good controls up front, even today. A third striker wouldn’t make much sense, especially given the amount of limited playing time and matches Zirkzee would have. According to Julian Nagelsmann, Munich has not made a decision yet: “We’ll see what happens. We haven’t made a decision one way or the other yet.”
Even with Richards, it is questionable whether he can regularly play in central defense. With the signing of Nassir Mazraoui, Benjamin Pavard will move to the center of the defense. In addition, Bayern Munich is currently looking for another central defender.