Sarpreet Singh had a breakout year for the Wellington Phoenix.
From losing to state league side Bentleigh Greens in the FFA Cup to the Bundesliga, Singh’s rise has been astronomical.
It’s truly great to see a young star make the move to the big leagues, with the ambition of achieving great things with the reigning German champions.
Sarpreet Singh is on the field, playing a pre-season game against Arsenal. This time last year he was playing a pre-season game against Wairarapa United. Scenes.
— Jason Pine (@pineyzb) July 18, 2019
Singh recently made his first-team debut for Bayern in a 2-1 loss to Arsenal in a pre-season tournament match in the USA. If there was ever a time for the phrase ‘baptism by fire’….
Whilst we are all happy for Sarpreet and his career, it’s hard to overlook how his move to Die Roten impacts the A-League.
It will serve as an example for any young players with high aspirations, that anything is possible with a little bit of hard work.
Sarpreet had been on the Phoenix books for some time, before earning a first team contract halfway through 17/18 A-League season. The Phoenix had struggled in recent years before their return to finals last season, led by Singh and Roy Krishna.
He would’ve had to work his way from the ground up, playing against teams like the Bentleigh Greens and in reserves matches. Nothing is handed to you in soccer.
August 7, 2018: Sarpreet Singh plays the full 90 minutes as Wellington lose 1-0 in the FFA Cup clash with Bentleigh Greens.
July 18, 2019: Sarpreet Singh warms up for Bayern Munich ahead of their clash with Arsenal.
An amazing 12 months for the 20-year-old! pic.twitter.com/fbnEbm7mQ5
— SBS – The World Game (@TheWorldGame) July 18, 2019
He earned his opportunity in the A-League, through years of persistence and hard work. The A-League has a knack of attracting older players and the Phoenix were and still are no exception.
Nathan Burns and David Williams, both in their 30’s at the time of signing, came in during last season. It would’ve been easy to take a negative approach and understand that they’re getting paid more and that they’ll play more too.
But no. Singh earned a spot alongside them and helped turn the Phoenix from cellar-dwellars to finalists. Now, he’s reaping the rewards in Munich, playing alongside stars such as Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski and Thiago Alcantara.
Sarpreet Singh is linking up with Robert Lewandowski for Bayern Munich against Arsenal and time moves fast.
— Adam Peacock (@adampeacock3) July 18, 2019
Whatever becomes of Sarpreet Singh at Bayern Munich or beyond, it’s safe to say he may have set a new benchmark for young Australian soccer players.
Youngsters will take note and be inspired by what he’s been able to achieve in such a small timeframe. And that is why we love soccer.