Bavarian Loan Works: Chris Richards takes the hit; the fights of Michaël Cuisine; Taylor Booth shines; and more!


Bayern Munich’s lender list grew during the winter transfer window and there are now plenty of young Bavarians making their respective marks across Europe.

Let’s take a look at the evolution of players:

Michaël Cuisance – Olympique de Marseille – Ligue One (France)

The loan agreement with Marseille for Cuisance seems to have encountered a serious obstacle. After a promising start under the leadership of André Villas-Boas, Cuisance hit a wall, Villas-Boas left his role as manager and the team is in turmoil.

Obviously, it’s not good for Cuisance – or Bayern. In addition, Cuisance’s production was not excellent and its performance began to be criticized by the media.

Cuisance has no goals and an assist in 22 games with Marseille, while dividing the time between the 10 and the 8.

Adrian Fein – PSV Eindhoven – Eredivisie (Netherlands)

On the Dutch side, Fein has played 15 games and played 486 minutes in total. Fein has one goal and three assists, but achieves 87% of his assists.

While Fein has more time after a very slow start, it is difficult to assess the interest Eindhoven will have in buying Fein, even at such a low number. It is very possible that Fein will return to Munich this summer before seeking a permanent move or other loan.

It has already been said that Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick doesn’t rate Fein much so it will be fascinating to see what happens with the youngster.

Lars Lukas Mai – SV Darmstadt 98 – 2. Bundesliga (Germany)

May is the gold standard for Bayern Munich’s loan deals at this point.

Mai played 23 games for Darmstadt in all competitions and had two assists, an 87% passing accuracy rate with 1.3 steals per game and 2.0 tackles per game. Mai also wins 68% of her ground duels and 59% of her aerial duels.

Mai wouldn’t have been as consistent as it was earlier in the season, but this loan has been a win for all parties so far. At the very least, Mai put together another quality film to pique the interest of several clubs, including Lazio.

Chris Richards – Hoffenheim – Bundesliga (Germany)

Richards got off to a good start at Sinsheim, but has proven once again that you can take a kid out of Bayern, but you can’t get Bayern out of a kid. The Alabama native started his first game for Hoffenheim, but took a hit and missed his second game. We will continue to monitor the youngster’s progress as he becomes more integrated into Sebastian Hoeneß’s squad.

The injury gods have called on Richards, but it is expected that he will be back in the lineup soon enough where he can continue to build on his formidable first performance.

Joshua Zirkzee – Parma – Serie A (Italy)

Zirkzee has made two appearances for 68 minutes of playing time with Parma so far. The feeling is that Bayern Munich are hopeful Zirkzee can perform well enough for Parma to consider exercising their € 15million call option on the Dutchman. That number seems huge for a bottom-of-the-ladder Serie A club, however.

Leon Dajaku – Union Berlin – Bundesliga (Germany)

Dajaku has made two substitute appearances totaling 35 minutes so far for a Union Berlin side slipping a bit after a scorching start. Dajaku’s offensive skills should match those of Union Berlin well, but he will clearly have to prove himself. In the five games he has been eligible for so far, Dajaku has not been included in the squad twice and an unused substitute once.

It is not necessarily a shock. The key to this loan is to see if Dajaku can play a regular role as an offensive game changer on the bench at some point.

Taylor Booth – SKN St. Pölten – Bundesliga (Austria)

Booth’s loan assignment is a tremendous opportunity for the US prospect. The Bayern II midfielder has spent most of the first half of the 2020/2021 season injured, so having the opportunity to prove himself in the top flight of a relatively strong league like Austria is a decision. solid for the 19-year-old.

In his first game for St. Pölten, Booth went the distance, collected an assist on the tying goal and was named the man of the match. This is quite the beginning.

It will be a good test for Booth at St. Pölten as they will fight to avoid relegation or qualifying for the Europa League in Austria’s convoluted league system.

Christian Fruchtl – 1. FC Nuremberg – 2. Bundesliga (Germany)

Nothing has changed.

Fruchtl still has no appearances. This loan assignment just didn’t work. What a waste of a loan.

Oliver Batista Meier – SC Heerenveen – Eredivisie (Netherlands)

Batista Meier has scored one goal and two assists in 14 games in all competitions for SC Heerenveen, but has only played 10 in the last six games. During that time, Batista Meier completely missed four games.

Batista Meier has also missed a long time this season due to COVID-19. Right now, it’s probably fair to start wondering if Batista Meier will be good enough to eventually make his debut in Bayern Munich’s first team.

Alex Timossi Andersson – SK Austria Klagenfurt – 2. Liga (Austria)

Recently returned from a loan with Helsingborgs IF, Bayern Munich sent the youngster on loan to Austrian side SK Austria Klagenfurt. Unfortunately for Timossi Andersson, his potential debut for Klagenfurt was delayed for at least a week after their weekend game was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Jakob Mayer – TSV 1860 Rosenheim – Regionalliga Bayern (Germany)

Mayer, a 19-year-old goalkeeper, made two appearances for the 1860 Rosenheim and conceded nine goals. Mayer hasn’t played since October 24. The team has not played since October 31, however, as Regionalliga play in most areas has been suspended.

Jonas Kehl – SSV Ulm 1846 Fußball – Regionalliga Südwest (Germany)

Kehl, an outside full-back, played regularly for some time as he totaled 16 appearances in all competitions. Kehl played 1,237 minutes of field time, tallied six assists and picked up three yellow cards.

Interestingly, Kehl has worked as both a right-back and a left-back lately. In the last seven games, however, Kehl has been left on the bench three times and has not been included in the squad once. The youngster may have hit a wall.

Marvin Cuni – SG Sonnenhof Großaspach – Regionalliga Südwest (Germany)

Cuni, a 19-year-old right-winger, is the most productive of Bayern Munich’s loaned players. With 17 goals and two assists in 23 appearances (spanning 1995 minutes), Cuni has shown very well in Regionalliga Südwest and Württembergpokal and is absolutely one of Bayern Munich’s most successful players this season.

Jahn Herrmann – Hanover 96 II – Regionalliga Nord (Germany)

19-year-old attacking midfielder Herrmann has scored one goal and two assists in nine Regionalliga Nord appearances.

The team haven’t played since October 16, however, as Regionalliga play in most areas has been suspended.


Returned lenders

Sarpreet Singh – 1. FC Nuremberg – 2. Bundesliga (Germany)

After 11 appearances in 2.Bundesliga with FC Nürnberg, Singh saw his loan canceled, and he returned to Bayern II at the end of the transfer window. Singh came off the bench in his first game with Bayern II, but he started the next two. This will be the last Loan Works update this season for him.

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