There are a few labels you do no want if you are a footballer:
- A bottler (choker)
- A poor decision-maker
This is not hearsay, either — this comes straight from Bayern Munich manger Julian Nagelsmann.
”He’s making a decent impression. In England he had less combination play. At the moment he still takes a bit too much risk in some situations. That’s the only problem. He’s got good dribbling and finishing,” said Nagelsmann (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia).
While Nagelsmann did praise Richards for his positives, the poor decision-making probably explains why the coach has been reluctant to reply on the youngster at left-back. Richards is not alone, though, with have his decision-making criticized. Michael Cuisance, Leon Dajaku, and Kingsley Coman have also endured that criticism in recent history at Bayern Munich.
The good thing is that Richards has plenty of time to change the thought-process of his critics. A little risk and a little more conservative play could suit him well.
One thing is clear, though. The quicker he can shed that label, the better his developmental path will be.