Ever since joining Bayern Munich, Sarpreet Singh has been walking up the stairway of success. The 20-year-old made regular appearances in the first team under Niko Kovač during pre-season even though he was initially planned to play for the third division. He was able to impress the coaches and the front office and has received praise from several people, including Kovač.
Speaking to FCBayern.com, Sarpreet shared how he feels after a very successful two months at the club:
The first two months couldn’t have gone better. My teammates and Sebastian Hoeness’ team of coaches with the reserves all welcomed me warmly and quickly integrated me into the team. The fact I was able to travel to the USA with the first team and was trusted to get plenty of playing time there and in the Audi Cup is amazing. All in all, I feel that I belong to both teams and have been able to get to know several sides of the club, at the Campus and Säbener Straße. I’m super happy.
Sarpreet spent four years at Wellington Phoenix, back in New Zealand, before joining Bayern Munich. The training conditions, competition in the league, and the experiences are entirely different for both the clubs. Singh said:
FC Bayern is one of the most renowned clubs in the world. The difference to Wellington is enormous, in terms of infrastructure, training conditions and, of course, the individual support. But I had an unforgettable time with Wellington and I’m really grateful for everything I learned there, from which I’m now benefitting.
When inking the deal with the Bavarians, Sarpreet wasn’t expected to play for the first team. But the 20-year-old soon found himself a position in Kovač’s squad and played minutes in all the pre-season matches. The Kiwi is dead-set on delivering better performances and hopes to pay back the trust the club has given him:
The move from the Australian league to Germany was a huge one. I just wanted to get used to the game here and take it one step at a time. I didn’t think I’d find my feet so quickly, and of course it couldn’t have been expected that I’d get a chance with the first team after such a short period of time. But I hoped it’d happen and I’m pleased I can pay back the trust. I saw the move to FC Bayern as a big chance that I really want to take advantage of.
Playing alongside Robert Lewandowski &co. in front of more than 70,000 people was an overwhelming experience for Sarpreet, who is confident about raising his own level of play:
Of course it’s something very special to be on the pitch with world champions and global stars. As a young player, you learn a lot in games like that and in every training session. It gives me courage because it shows me I can also reach that level if I work hard.
Sarpreet, who is usually asked to play as an attacking midfielder, was asked whether he prefers any other position and where he thinks his strength lies. He said:
I love the game, the interplay, a pass in behind. I see my greatest strength in the creative area in attacking midfield, in the centre, but I also out wide if it helps the team. As a young player, you have to improve everywhere, every day. I do extra shifts in addition to the normal training sessions and feel top fit.
With high hopes and perseverance, the youngster is determined to achieve greater things with the Bundesliga champions:
With the reserves, I want to help ensure that we have nothing to do with a relegation battle in the third division. And of course if I could make my Bundesliga debut that would be a dream. However, it’s all step by step.
The player is yet to get accustomed with the difference in the time zones and that is the only real trouble he is having at Bayern, says Sarpreet.