Bayern Munich have added to their defensive ranks in time for next season under Julian Nagelsmann, with 23-year-old defender Omar Richards joining the squad on a free transfer.
Richards made 41 appearances in the EFL Championship last season for the league’s 7th-place team, playing all of his matches at left-back. This means that the young Brit is likely to come in as a secondary option to Alphonso Davies, as Lucas Hernandez transitions into more of an out-and-out centre-back for Nagelsmann’s team.
With a superb sense of composure on the ball and the ability to pick out the right pass, Richards makes sense as a Bayern Munich player. But he’s more than just a solid progressor of the ball. The 23-year-old made more tackles than any other player in the Championship last season, coming up with 2.8 per game. An exceptional 1v1 defender, Richards has the ability to provide something a bit more defensive than Davies on certain occasions for the team, while still offering a similar sort of pace and power.
As we’ve spoken about Julian Nagelsmann’s team several times now, we still believe the position of need is actually at right-back, but the summer transfer window remains open if die Roten want to make another fullback signing before the new season begins.
For Omar Richards personally, it’s a dream come true. The Englishman adds his name to a growing list of British players plying their trade in Germany, most of whom have come to the league to achieve remarkable feats. For Bayern, it’s perhaps not the most desperate position they needed to strengthen, but a free transfer for a young fullback of the quality of Omar Richards looks to be another piece of smart business from the Bavarians.