Talented Kiwi youngster Sarpreet Singh has continued his meteoric rise to football stardom, making his competitive debut for European heavyweights Bayern Munich.
The 20-year-old was brought off the bench for Bayern in a 6-1 Bundesliga victory over Werder Bremen, his first appearance in Germany’s top flight.
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The attacking midfielder rose through the ranks at Wellington Phoenix, making his A-League debut in 2017 and going on to make 40 A-League and FFA Cup appearances for the Nix.
He notched five goals and eight assists in the 2018/19 season, firmly establishing himself as one of New Zealand’s brightest stars – and indeed, one of the breakout stars of the A-League.
A call-up to the New Zealand National team, the All Whites, came in early 2018. Six appearances and one goal later, he is locked in as a long-term fixture of the squad.
Then came the dream move to Bayern Munich, for which the Nix pocketed around three quarters of a million dollars.
Just five days after his transfer was announced on July 1 of this year, Singh made his debut for the Bayern reserve side – Bayern Munich II – and notched an assist in a 2-1 win.
Few expected him to feature for the senior squad this campaign, but then-coach Niko Kovac took him along on their pre-season tour.
He debuted in a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the International Champions Cup, playing the second half. More minutes came against Real Madrid and AC Milan in the pre-season friendly competition. Then, on the 31st of July, he got his first start and played 90 minutes as Bayern lost to Spurs.
It had been less than a month, and Singh had already impressed the manager. On August 3 he was called up to the senior squad for a competitive clash – a 2-0 loss to rivals Dortmund in the Supercup, but he was left on the bench.
He returned to the reserve team, where he has now made 14 appearances in Germany’s third division, scoring four times and assisting seven more.
When head coach Kovac was sacked, interim manager Hans-Dieter Flick invited Singh to train with the senior squad during an international break. Again he impressed.
Then, less than six months after joining one of the biggest clubs in world football, Singh made his senior competitive appearance.
With Bayern 6-1 up against Werder Bremen, Singh was substituted on for hat-trick hero Philippe Coutinho.
He played the final eight minutes and won a corner – but hopefully it’s just the start for our A-League product.