In a move that has been anticipated for days, Bayern Munich prospect Chris Richards will head to Hoffenheim on a loan assignment.
While no official details were released by the clubs, the term of the loan is expected to be six months and there likely is no “option-to-buy” unless there was a late-breaking change in the agreement between the clubs:
Welcome, @eastmamba— TSG Hoffenheim EN (@tsghoffenheimEN) February 1, 2021
Just before the close of the current transfer window, #TSG Hoffenheim have signed Chris #Richards to cover the injury-ravaged defence. The 21-year-old central defender arrives in Kraichgau on loan until the end of the season from @FCBayernUS. pic.twitter.com/Zjmv9Njiy1
Richards is a natural center-back, who was also used as a right-back with Bayern Munich’s senior-team. The Birmingham, Alabama native is most known for his skillful defending and deft passing ability, often drawing comparisons to Jerome Boateng.
The move should be viewed as a positive for the young American, who has an incredible amount of talent. With former Bayern Munich II manager Sebastian Hoeneß at the helm, Richards will be working under a boss he is familiar with and who will know exactly how to help Richards continue to evolve as a player.