Bayern Munich loanee Fiete Arp is getting acquainted with his new surroundings at Holstein Kiel and showing some of the form that made him such a coveted prospect — and his bosses at Bayern Munich could not be much happier.
The Bayern Munch campus management team of Jochen Sauer and Holger Seitz attempted to explain why things went haywire for Arp, who now has two goals in six matches for Kiel.
“Fiete is an outstanding young person who came into the media focus very early on. I think that the expectation associated with his move to Bayern was too much,” Seitz told Bild.
Too much, too soon has often been a theme for those when talking about Arp’s arrival at Bayern Munich. After early flashes of brilliance including a strong performance against Real Madrid and a goal against Tottenham Hotspur during his first preseason, Arp his a series of injuries during the 2019/2020 season before playing on an awful Bayern Munich II side in 2020/2021 that could never fully figure out how to adjust to life in 3. Liga with a core of extremely young players. Just one year after winning the league, Bayern Munich II was relegated and Arp’s future stardom looked anything, but certain.
“Fiete is a highly talented player. But at that time he came from Hamburg to Munich from an unstable environment. In addition, things were not going well for Fiete at the time. The step to Bayern was too big — especially with the expectation that he now always plays with the professionals and that Robert Lewandowski has to really get going,” Sauer said. “If you don’t get any match practice, you lose your rhythm and don’t develop any further. That’s why it’s good that he can press the reset button in Kiel. It’s about working your way out of the hole in a calm environment. I am confident.”
“I think that Kiel suits him very well. He has a quiet environment there. He also just scored a goal in the league. I keep my fingers crossed for him that this positive trend will continue,” said Seitz.