sport.de has collected five questions and answers about the transfer of Omar Richards to Bayern:
Who is Bayern’s transfer target Omar Richards?
Omar Richards, only just 23 years old, was born in London and got his first footballing experience there. At the age of ten he joined Fulham FC, went through the youth department there, before continuing around 60 kilometers further west at Reading FC in 2013.
At the English second division, the left winger was retrained as a left back and played through the U18 and U23 into the professional team. At the age of 19 he finally made his debut under the then coach Jaap Stam, who afterwards raved about the “many qualities” of his protégé, which are “sought in every team”.
Richards has been on the left-back for two years. So far, he has been used for the “Royals” in 89 competitive games and scored three goals. Veljko Paunovic, who has been on the sidelines at Reading since 2020, is considered a big fan of the 1.85 meter tall Englishman.
FC Bayern: What are the general conditions for the Richards change?
So now Richards’ career at Bayern is set to continue. Most recently, “Bild” and “kicker” reported that the 23-year-old – despite strong competitors from the Premier League – had given the people in charge of Munich his commitment to move.
The left-back’s contract with Reading FC ends after this season, and there was no offer to extend it because the English second division club is limited in its financial resources, according to “Sky Sports”. So Richards is on a free transfer.
Apparently only the medical check is pending, this could be done soon. After that, the young Englishman is supposed to sign a four-year contract with FC Bayern. That would make Richards – after Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig – the second summer newcomer for the record champions.
What strengths does Omar Richards bring to Bayern?
In Munich, Richards is valued for his willingness to work and his willingness to learn, such as the “kicker”. In the championship he has already proven that he is very agile against the ball and does not show any fear if it comes under pressure. He is praised for his consistent defense and his speed.
“Before I was a defensive player, I was a number ten or a winger. I liked the way David Silva played, I always watched it,” said Richards once in an interview on the Reading FC website .
The 23-year-old is generally regarded as a really good footballer who, in addition to solid defensive work, feels the urge to move forward and lives it out. No defender in the second division showed as many dribbles as he did, and hardly anyone is better at passing. All in all, Richards brings a multitude of attributes with him to successfully implement Munich ball possession football.
FC Bayern: Where does Richards still have to improve?
Richards has taken a step forward in the current season and is much more consistent in his performance than in the previous season. But as much as the 23-year-old is now convincing with his speed and technique, so little has come of it in the end.
The yield of “only” three goals in his 90+ games for Reading is definitely expandable, according to official records Richards has not yet collected any assists, although he was certainly involved in one or the other goal in the process. But its flanks in particular still rarely find a buyer.
According to “kicker” in Munich, the fact that in the offensive, despite some spectacular dribbling and good ball handling, the last penetrative power is still missing, should be worked on.
How is FC Bayern planning with Omar Richards?
The re will be some changes in the Munich defense for the new season. Long-time left and current central defender David Alaba will most likely leave the club, and Jérôme Boateng will also end his career elsewhere.
While the vacancy in the headquarters was closed by the transfer of Dayot Upamecano and Lucas Hernández is also planned as a central defender in the future, the conversion measures now leave a gap behind Alphonso Davies on the left.
This is exactly where Omar Richards comes in. According to “Bild” from sports director Hasan Salihamidzic, the Englishman is planned as a representative and competitor for the young Davies. At FC Bayern, he is trusted to put the Canadian under pressure.
The risk for Munich is comparatively low, as Richards is free of charge and the club should only cost a comparatively low base salary. If the English strike, the Munich can look forward to a bargain. If the step from the English second division to Germany is too big, a loan or a quick resale is still possible.