Wynton Rufer, the first ever Kiwi to play in the Bundesliga recently discussed his compatriot Sarpreet Singh, how Singh is set to make the jump up to the Bayern Munich first team and more in a short interview with Stuff, the New Zealand based media company.
The New Zealand nation team icon pointed to Singh’s mysterious new number for the German Supercup (Number 28 as opposed to the 42 he was wearing during preseason or the 31 he was assigned for Bayern II) to suggest that Kovac wants him in the first team. Rufer said:
The number change is a clear indication from Niko Kovac, the coach, to keep him in the first team squad which is just unbelievable.
In addition, Rufer has insider information that Singh most definitely will be playing and training with stars of FC Hollywood. With his wife (allegedly) saying that Singh told her he would be playing alongside the likes of Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski at Säbener Strasse:
He actually confirmed that to my wife Lisa over Instagram this week that he is going to be staying with the first team and training there.
Singh was also one of four Bayern II players added to the training camp roster for the squad’s excursion to Tegernsee. Even though Singh has only been at Bayern for a few months, he is already inspiring the next generation of footballers in his homeland and has helped shine a spotlight on the beautiful game in New Zealand. Rufer said this about Singh and Kiwi football in general:
Just great news for all of us in New Zealand.
The article also talked about manager Niko Kovac’s statements regarding Singh in his pre-match press conference for the DFL Supercup. Kovac heaped praise on Singh while stating that initially he was thought to be for the second team, however he showed he is more developed than many of the Bayern II players and could make an impact for the first team. The Croatian coach said:
I think that was a really good acquisition. Singh is someone was originally planned for the second team but what he showed in America and in the two games at the Audi Cup in Munich shows that he is a lot further [along] than some of the other players in the second team.
In the past few years, youth at Bayern have often not been given fair chances with many youngsters earmarked for the top, failing to break into the senior squad. Kovac implied that Singh will get minutes and have the opportunity to fight for his place before adding (again) that he’s been surprised by Singh’s quality, talent and development:
So, without a doubt he will get the opportunities. It depends on his further progress to play in the first team … but I’m very happy with him and I’m surprised, I’m positively surprised and I’m happy about his development.
Hopefully Singh gets enough playing time to make an impact in the first team this season and also continue his development yet only time will tell.