In a move that Bayern was planning on keeping under the radar, attacking midfielder Sarpreet Singh is set to join Bayern Munich and will most likely be assigned to the reserve team. The 20 year old from Auckland could become both the first player of Indian descent and the first New Zealander to play for Bayern Munich.
With the departure of Wooyeong Jeong, another attacking mid, a spot has opened up for some serious playing time for Singh. In the A-League, the highest level of professional soccer for Australia and New Zealand, he had five goals, seven assists, participated in 25% of the teams goals while being in the starting XI in 22 of the 25 matches he played in. While, the A-League might not be the most competitive league in the world, it speaks wonders that someone who won’t be 21 until next February would be trusted with regular starting minutes.
It should also be noted that Singh is a regular on the New Zealand U20 team. He played a pivotal role in propelling New Zealand to the round of 16 in the U20 World Cup while being edged out by Colombia on penalties. This performance is what most likely caught the Bayern board’s eye and convinced them to bring him over.
With Alphonso Davies from Canada, Chris Richards from the United States and now Sarpreet Singh, an Indian from New Zealand, Bayern Munich has shown it is willing to tap into potentially new talent pools to bolster the reserve side and in the future, the senior side as well.
*Updated, 3:30 PM EDT:*
Since none of us are regular viewers if the A League, I (Phillip) asked around in Twitter to find out some more information about the kid. Luckily for me, a fan of Wellington Phoenix answered my call!
He is a very skilful player, plays as a #10 for us, he has great vision with his passing and adept at finding spaces between the lines. He is a bit lightweight, so building up his core strength will need to be a focus. Very excited to see if this move comes off for him.— RR (@Ryans_Rovers) June 24, 2019
Then, this person linked me to two separate videos of Singh from earlier in the year.
Sarpreet Singh (20), AM for the Wellington Phoenix, looks like a very interesting prospect. Far from a finished product, his decision making in particular still really needs work, but he's one of A-League's top in through balls/90 and boy does he look like a fun one to follow pic.twitter.com/eBTixGIDRo— Tiago Estêvão (@TiagoEstv) March 15, 2019
His production numbers are not dominant enough in the A-League yet for him to start thinking of a move to Europe but he's technically gifted (seen below), a good progressor of the ball (seen below) and in need of learning a thing or two still (also seen below). Watch out, though. pic.twitter.com/FgbUGKuwGy— Tiago Estêvão (@TiagoEstv) March 15, 2019