Bayern Munich’s first preseason match against 1. FC Köln included many players from the second team and from the academy. While Julian Nagelsmann had a lot to look at in his first match in charge of Bayern, he reportedly had a plan to get a look at certain players, before deciding on their futures. According to a tweet from Tz reporter, Phillip Kessler:
Es war Nagelsmanns Wunsch, sich in der Vorbereitung Spieler wie #Zirkzee, #Cuisance und C. #Richards persönlich anzusehen. Erst dann will er mit den Bossen entscheiden, wie es mit diesen Talenten weitergeht. Es soll die beste Entscheidung für deren Entwicklung getroffen werden.— Philipp Kessler (@kessler_philipp) July 17, 2021
It was Nagelsmann’s desire in the preparations to personally see players like #Zirkzee, #Cuisance, and C. #Richards. Only then will he and the bosses decide how to go forward with these talents. The best decision should be made for their development.
The three mentioned players — along with Taylor Booth — have all come back from loan stints this summer and Bayern’s coaching staff and front office trying to come up with the best solution for them. Zirkzee, Richards, and Booth all started and played the first half, while Cuisance came on at halftime and played the rest of the match. Zirkzee scored Bayern’s second goal, which was assisted by Booth. Both players were quite active in the attack — both on and off the ball. Richards didn’t have his best showing. While nothing was terribly wrong, it just seemed like he and Dayot Upamecano couldn’t get on the same page. Cuisance also wasn’t super impressive, but did manage to put in some decent service into the box in the second half as Bayern was searching for a late equalizer.
With most of the first team missing today, the players available had a key chance to make Nagelsmann’s decisions tougher when he and the front office make decisions about who stays in Munich, who goes on loan, and who plays with Bayern II. Although we may want to see some of the young talent stay with Bayern, we must remember that their development and the future is what is the most important thing — except with Cuisance, who knows what we are going to do with him?!