It's been a while since Bayern Munich could look down their roster into Bayern II and marvel at the talent in display. This summer, there will be several difficult discussions among the staff and with players to try and figure out who stays and who, if anyone, goes out on loan.
In Monday's print edition, Kicker talked about the whispers they've heard in and around Munich. Combining their speculation with my observations from this past season, let's see if we can figure out the best path forward for all.
The French midfielder has been the subject of interest from a variety of French clubs including Marseille, Metz, and Bordeaux. He showed a lot of promise at the end of the season; however, Cuisance needs to play, so a loan makes a lot of sense. Still, with Bayern potentially selling three midfielders in Thiago Alcantara, Corentin Tolisso, and Javi Martinez, the club may need him in Munich more than they need him getting regular playing time elsewhere.
Bayern has no plans to send Zirkzee away from Munich this summer. The Dutch forward is set to be Robert Lewandowski's chief backup next season. However, when time allows, it's very likely that we'll see Zirkzee suiting up for Bayern II in the 3.Liga in order to get more minutes on the field. While a loan is extremely unlikely this summer, Zirkzee may look for time away from Munich in 2021 if he feels his growth is stifling behind the god from Poland.
Few players on this list have the potential that Arp has, but they've managed to do something that he's been unable to do so far. That is staying on the field as Arp was besieged by injuries during his first season in Munich. If Arp can put those inured behind him in 2020/21, he is very likely going to find himself getting exactly what he needs: starting minutes with Bayern II.
Singh is absolutely ready to go out on loan in the 2.Bundesliga and prove himself at a higher level; however, according to Kicker, Singh wants to remain in Munich next season. The Kiwi wants to continue to adjust to live in Europe and Germany, and he sees himself as a regular starter for Bayern II next season while serving backup for with the first team.
Dajaku is one of Germany's brightest young prospects, so it's very likely that he'll find himself loaned it in the 2.Bundesliga or a "local" top flight in Europe (think Belgium, Netherlands). Kicker goes on to speculate that Bayern may try to convert the winger into a right back, similar to how to left winger Alphonso Davies is now the world's best left back.
Since Hansi Flick didn't think Mai was really for the Bundesliga, it's likely that the centerback will find himself on loan somewhere next season. The club would like to follow the similar path traversed by Adrian Fein. Don't be shocked to see Mai in the 2.Bundesliga or Belgium or the Netherlands next season.
Oliver Batista Meier
Kicker had the exclusive story recently that Hoffenheim were interested in bringing in Batista Meier, but Bayern weren't interested in a transfer. The reason being is that Flick would prefer Batista Meier remain in Munich; however, the young man understandably wants more playing time. It remains to be seen what kind of deal Bayern works out here, but don't be surprised if Batista Meier moves on a loan this summer.
Last season with Hamburg was a tale of two halves for Fein. Throughout the first half, Fein was considered one of the best midfielders and, quite frankly, one of the best all-around players in the 2.Bundesliga, but then the winter break happened. Injuries and ineffectiveness slowed down Fein’s meteoric rise and was one of a multitude of reasons why Hamburg missed out on promotion. Fein will be returning to Munich this summer, and both he and the club see the 21 year old being with the first team this year. Bayern hope that Fein’s path to the first team will be the model for all of these kids.
Midway through last year’s 3.Liga season, Richards was moved to centerback from right back, and Bayern II saw their entire season flip on it’s head. The kids went from the worst defense in the 3.Liga to one of the best and skyrocketed up the table concluding in the first ever third division championship for Bayern II. Reports say that several clubs across the continent are interested in Richards, and one Bundesliga club has already made Bayern an offer. However, is Bayern willing to let both Mai and Richards leave the club this summer?
Jamal Musiala and Malik Tillman
Neither player are going anywhere this summer. Musiala started the season with the U-17s before moving up to the U-19s for a few matches. Then, following the COVID-19 break, Musiala and Tillman moved into Bayern II, and Musiala even got a run out with the first team. Expect the two players to be central players for Bayern II next season with spot minutes with the first team.
Christian Früchtl and Ron-Thorben Hoffmann
The current situation between Früchtl and Hoffmann can be summed up quite succinctly as “This club isn’t big enough for the two of them.” Heading into the summer, the goalkeeper plan looks quite clear. One of Früchtl or Hoffmann will be heading out on loan this summer, while the other is the full-time goalkeeper for Bayern II and the first team’s third goalkeeper with Sven Ulreich expected to leave.