After falling out of favor with coach Hansi Flick (at least for this season) and with the additions of defensive-minded midfielders Marc Roca and Tanguy Nianzou, Fein’s playing time was going to be limited at best. The loan to PSV Eindhoven was seemingly an opportunity for all parties to win in this deal. While Nianzou can also play center-back, Bayern Munich’s overall depth in the midfield does not make it the easiest spot on the field to earn time, especially with Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, and Corentin Tolisso as a clear top-three on the depth chart.
The Dutch club, however, could end up being the biggest winner should Fein prove his mettle in the Netherlands. Per a report from Dutch outlet ED, PSV Eindhoven secured a €6 million purchase option on Fein.
For his part, Fein seems to be acclimating to life in the Eredivisie quite well.
“I think the Eredivisie is very interesting for young players,” Fein said. “Here, young youth internationals play very early in the professional leagues. The big matches are broadcast in Germany, but the strength of this competition is not always on our radar. I spoke to a number of Willem II players who used to be my teammates. They told me that the Eredivisie is strong.”
If Fein was not 100% certain the move was right for him, fellow Germans Philipp Max and Timo Baumgartl gave their experience so far with PSV Eindhoven rave reviews.
“Philipp Max and Timo Baumgartl also spoke enthusiastically about the level here,” said Fein. “I will quickly try to learn the language. I feel fit and that I can immediately join the field.”
With so much depth in the midfield at Bayern Munich, it is unlikely that Fein will eventually be able to break into the Bavarian line-up any time soon. Fein’s future, however, at least appears to be firmly in his own hands. If he can perform, he should be able to establish himself as a first-team player in the Eredivisie.