With the departure of veteran defender David Alaba, Bayern Munich needed another fullback to compete with young Canadian Alphonso Davies. Out from the shadows of the relative unknown, the name of high-flying fullback Omar Richards appeared. With his fantastic defensive record in the EFL Championship last season, Richards could be the perfect piece for Bayern Munich’s puzzle.
Born in Lewisham, England, the 23 year-old fullback grew through the ranks of the Fulham youth academy in London. But was released by their Under-16’s team before giving a proper chance to shine for the Cottagers.
Luckily, Richards’ career wasn’t done there. He made his move to Reading’s academy in 2016, the club in which he would make his professional debut for one year later. Under the influence of Reading academy coach David Dodds, he also changed positions, going from left-wing to left-back.
At the start of the 2017-18 season, Richards made his debut for Reading under coach Jaap Stam, coming of the bench in the 59th minute. Since signing his first professional contract with the Championship side, Richards quickly caught the eye of many top European clubs and a big move appeared to be on the horizons for a long time. But it took until 2021 for the right big club to come calling, with Bayern Munich securing his signature earlier this week.
After dawning the blue and white of Reading over 92 times, Richards has now made his move to Bayern on a four-year contract, on a free transfer. He should prove to be an excellent back-up for Alphonso Davies, and a potentially versatile player down the future, with left midfield and left-centre-back also options for Nagelsmann and Richards to work toward in down the line. For more on where Omar Richards might fit in to Bayern Munich, be sure to check out our initial article on this topic – Bayern Munich sign Reading defender Omar Richards.