It is all about making good impressions, and New Zealand international footballer Sarpreet Singh seems to have impressed his new coaches at Bayern Munich. Sarpreet Singh now looks set to spend his first season with Bayern Munich as a fully-fledged member of the first-team squad.
Sarpreet Singh initially signed for Bayern Munich II, who play in Germany’s 3.Liga. Singh has trained predominantly with the first team since his arrival on a three-year deal. Sarpreet has already chalked up five appearances throughout their pre-season campaign.
However, according to All Whites great Wynton Rufer, the first Kiwi to play in the Bundesliga. Singh is set to be promoted to the first team on a fulltime basis, with his recent number change a clear giveaway.
Singh was initially given the No.31 for Bayern II but he wore No 42 in his five pre-season appearances. Sunday saw him wearing No 28 – and Rufer said there is a good reason for that.
“He actually confirmed that to my wife Lisa over Instagram this week that he is going to be staying with the first team and training there,” Rufer told TAB Trackside Radio.
“The number change is a clear indication from Niko Kovac, the coach, to keep him in the first team squad which is just unbelievable and just great news for all of us in New Zealand.”
Ahead of Sunday’s match, which Bayern lost 2-0. Kovac spoke glowingly about Singh and said youngster would be given first-team opportunities subject to his progress.
“I think that was a really good acquisition,” Kovac said. “Singh is someone was originally planned for the second team but what he showed in America and in the two games at the Audi Cup in Munich shows that he is a lot further [along]than some of the other players in the second team,” Kovac said.
“So without a doubt he will get the opportunities. It depends on his further progress to play in the first team … but I’m very happy with him and I’m surprised, I’m positively surprised and I’m happy about his development.”