Coming off of last season’s 3.Liga title, Bayern Munich II had quite a bit of upheaval within its roster and coaching ranks as one would expect after so much success.
While yesterday’s 1-1 draw with KFC Uerdingen might not seem like anything to write home about, the Bayern Munich reserve team is headed in the right direction. The loss of players such Kwasi Okyere Wriedt, Derrick Köhn, Lars Lukas Mai, Sarpreet Singh, Oliver Batista Meier, Mert Yilmaz, and Christian Fruchtl to transfers or loans away from the parent club, would take a toll on any roster.
Stalwart defender Chris Richards and striker Joshua Zirkzee have also spent their time with the first-team and there is no indication on if or when the duo will be headed back to Bayern Munich II. In addition, Adrian Fein was expected to help this season, but was subsequently loan way as well.
But wait, there’s more!
We can’t forget about last year’s manager, Sebastian Hoeneß, who turned his Bayern Munich II gig into a Bundesliga job at Hoffenheim.
With that much overhaul, it would be easy to think Bayern Munich II would hit rock bottom, but the squad has not. Holger Seitz has the youngsters fighting and competing at a very nice level for this stage of the season. And remember, this is literally men against boys in a lot of cases with the Bayern Munich side playing mostly “kids” still looking to make an impression rather than older, more experience players.
And yesterday’s Bayern II injury list mimicked some past senior team squads that would qualify for any good infirmary. In addition to Malik Tillman who is presumably out for the season with a major knee injury, captain Nicolas Feldhahn, Bright Arrey-Mbi, Taylor Booth, Jannik Rochelt and Can Karatas ALL missed the game.
The contest with KFC Uerdigen showed a bit of promise for the Bavarians, but also how far it needs to go to get where it wants to be. The game itself was often choppy at times, but there were moments where you can start to envision how this squad will evolve. You can see that players like Dajaku, Fiete Arp, and Jama Musiala all have something to their respective games that can translate to a higher level of player.
In addition, Ron-Thorben Hoffmann has been solid as a goalkeeper and players like Angelo Stiller and Nicolas Kühn are displaying more promise with each game, while AC Milan loanee Lenny Borges might get a chance to show exactly why the DFB has selected him for Germany’s youth national teams. At some point, we could also eventually see the integration of newcomers Tiago Dantas, Remy Vita, Lenn Jastremski, or even U-19 player Torben Rhein suiting up for the 3.Liga side. Dantas and Vita should be the first of that list to debut and we should expect that within the next few weeks at the latest.
As of this post, Bayern Munich II is sitting at 10th in the table and that is not a bad place to be. The first half of the season will surely have its ups-and-downs, but this team will be playing for a second-half charge once again.
So, sit back, relax, and enjoy this Bayern Munich II ride...it’s only just beginning.