After a brilliant start to his 2019-20 campaign with Hamburg, Adrian Fein has boosted his worth to not only the Hanseatic side, but to his parent club Bayern Munich as well. Even this early in September, questions abound about Fein’s future. With a contract that expires in the summer of 2021, big decisions lie ahead.
It’s hard to deny Fein’s abilities at this point. After a successful loan last season with Jahn Regensburg, Fein was highly sought after this summer. Before officially joining Hamburg on loan in the 2.Bundesliga, Fein was heavily linked with a move to Bundesliga side FC Koln. Playing time won out over the bright lights of the first division.
However, with 21 months left on his current contract, Bayern are already working to extend Fein’s long-term stay in Munich, according to Bild+. If Fein were to extend with Bayern, it’s likely that he would be loaned out again next season, likely to a team in the Bundesliga for even more experience.
According to Hamburger Abendblatt, several clubs in the Bundesliga are already keeping tabs on him. In the article, Fein’s father Oliver sees things realistically. “It would only make sense to go back to Bayern if he has a realistic chance to play.” The elder Fein thinks the ideal situation would be for HSV to earn promotion and for Adrian to play at least one season in the Bundesliga with the club.
Fein has played every minute for HSV so far this season, and according to Kicker, is the top rated HSV player this season and the 7th top rated player in the entire 2.Bundesliga. Recently, in performances for Germany’s U21 side, Fein was named the player of the match against both Greece and Wales.
As the difficulty for youth players to make the jump from Bayern II into the first team has increased over the last 5-10 years, finding new paths their is key. If Fein eventually makes his way to Niko Kovac’s squad in the next year or two, he will have carved his own path.