Per an official release from Bayern Munich’s web site, the club announced that it will be cutting Sarpreet Singh’s loan spell short with 2. Liga side FC Nürnberg. Singh will return to Bayern with immediate effect.
Singh was originally slated to stay at Nürnberg for at least a full season, but he hasn’t quite played nearly as much as he would’ve liked and has primarily been used as a substitute.
In total, Singh has featured 11 times for Nürnberg in 2. Liga and once in the DFB-Pokal. Of those 12 appearances, only six of them were starts. Singh had found the back of the net once or provided any assists.
Nürnberg currently sits in 14th place in the 2. Liga table and they’re only five points clear of the relegation zone. Fellow Bayern-loanee Christian Fruchtl has also found life difficult at Nürnberg, as the keeper has yet to feature once for Der Club.
The timing of the announcement of Singh’s loan termination is also interesting. It comes on the same day as reports suggesting that AC Milan is interested in potentially prying Douglas Costa away from Bayern before the winter transfer window closes. AC Milan could sign Costa on a loan deal since FIFA has scrapped the rule prohibiting players from registering for three separate clubs in a season as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
There would be no rule against Costa joining AC Milan before the window closes, so perhaps Singh’s loan termination was a bit preemptive in Bayern preparing for the departure of Costa. With Costa gone, Singh would fill the gap left as Bayern will need all the depth they can get with a busy February coming up between the Bundesliga, FIFA Club World Cup, and Champions League.
Nothing with Costa is set in stone, but either way, having Singh back will come as an added bonus in terms of depth. Additionally, at least now he’ll be training day-in and day-out with top class players even if he doesn’t get any actual game time with the senior squad. Bayern is making the best of what was a disappointing loan spell for Singh at Nürnberg.