Bayern Munich have decided to bring back young Swedish talent Alex Timossi Andersson from Helsingborg IF earlier than they had originally anticipated. Andersson was initially supposed to come back to Bavaria in the summer of 2019, but after struggling for consistent minutes in the 2017/2018 campaign with his hometown club Helsingborg, Bayern have decided to cut the 17-year-old’s loan spell short.
Andersson made only a total of 12 appearances for Helsingborg last season, scoring a total of three goals — statistics that very probably do not reflect his talent and ability.
Once the move is officially completed on July 1st, the youngster will likely spend the majority of his time for Bayern’s U-19 side and Bayern’s second team. A natural center-forward, Andersson has a massive opportunity to make his mark quickly: Bayern’s U19 ace Manuel Wintzheimer departed for Hamburger SV back in May.
Speaking to Helsingborg’s official club web site on his early move to Bayern (via Fotbollskanalen) Timossi thanked the club for everything during his time there:
I’m happy for my time with Heslingborg IF and I want to thank all the leaders I’ve had over the years, players I played at on different levels and of course the fans who always supported me. Now a new adventure is waiting for me, and I wish HIF lots of luck in their trip to Allsvenskan [the Swedish top flight].
Helsingborg coach Per-Ola Ljung also expressed his best wishes for Andersson. Ljung is glad his club is continuing to produce talents that wind up on the radar of top European clubs like Bayern:
We are, of course, very happy and proud to develop players who attract the interest of clubs at the very highest level. Since day one we have listened to Alex about arranging this transition, and we’ll do nothing now except support him, just as we have done thus far. We wish him lots of luck.
Andersson joins the list of Bayern’s incoming players this summer that already includes Leon Goretzka from Schalke, Serge Gnabry from Hoffenheim, and Renato Sanches from Swansea City (for now). The transfer window hasn’t officially opened yet, either, so there could even be further additions made to the squad between now and the end of August.