Things have not been easy for Bayern Munich II as the team has struggled mightily to find its footing this season.
A roster makeover, a coaching change, and a slew of injuries have had the young Bavarians scrambling to find anything closely resembling consistency for the entirety of the season.
For once-heralded prospect Fiete Arp, the 2020/2021 campaign has been one to forget as he has dealt with injuries and bouts with poor form. Even with those obstacles, Arp wants to keep focused on getting better every day and eventually making his mark in Bavaria.
“I’m still glad I took this step in the summer, because it gave me peace of mind after my experiences in the two or three years before that,” said Arp to kicker with regard to his decision last summer to spend the whole season with Bayern Munich II.
One of the more salient parts of his interview was how Arp acknowledged his career probably had a little too much acclaim, too soon. Arp knows he could have handled some things differently.
“Probably everything together was too much. It’s a curse and a blessing for a young soccer player to always reflect on and assess everything,” Arp said. “Maybe I should have turned all the praise into self-confidence more consistently. Rather, it slowed me down.”
Arp’s inability to really make great strides while on Säbener Straße over the past two season has heated up transfers rumors and doubt among fans, but the 21-year-old is still convinced that he will rise through the ranks at Bayern Munich.
“Definitely!” said Arp when asked if he has a future with Bayern Munich. “But that depends a lot on me. If I continue to develop, then I definitely have prospects here. My goal is to leave my footprints in the first team, that’s what I came to FC Bayern for.”