Omar Richards has already been making his presence felt in training at Sabener Strasse for Bayern Munich. Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic had recently come out and praised the positive impression he’s already had amongst the squad after joining from Reading FC for €7 million.
Due to the injuries to both Lucas Hernandez and Alphonso Davies, Richards could very well be Julian Nagelsmann’s go-to man to start at left-back from the beginning of the season, which makes it all the more refreshing that he’s already been making positive impressions in training.
Metaphorically, Richards has been a large presence since arriving at training, but per a recent report from kicker, there had been a bit of a mix-up on internet platforms regarding his actual height. Google, Bayern’s official web site, and other internet platforms had Richards listed at 1.85 meters tall, but he’s not quite that tall. The speculation would become heightened when Richards was photographed during training alongside Dayot Upamecano, who appeared to be towering over him in size. Upamecano is 1.86 meters tall, so when he looked significantly taller than Richards since he was listed at 1.85 meters, there was justified confusion.
“I’ve heard a lot about it. Google must have given the wrong numbers. My size is closer to 1.74. Definitely not 1.85,” Richards comically confirmed. While he might not be as tall as the internet had made him out to be, the left back knows that he’s in the right place to grow stronger as a player. “When I got here, I saw that this is a great training center. I know I can improve here,” he said.
When he signed for Bayern, he certainly would not have expected to potentially be in the starting lineups from the beginning of the season, but the injuries to Hernandez and Davies have opened that proverbial door for him. He might not be as tall as Upamecano, but he could very well be lining up alongside him when Bayern kicks off their competitive 2021/22 campaign against Bremer SV in the DFB-Pokal and then Borussia Monchengladbach in the opening Bundesliga fixture on Friday, August 13th, assuming Hernandez and/or Davies isn’t fully fit by that time.