The Poor Get Richards: Chris at Hoffenheim (olf Bayern Munich)

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  1. RossD

    RossD Member

    Aug 17, 2013
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Not sure how you can say he has been underrated. He barely played until this past transfer window. Most saw his potential, he just needed to start playing reguarly.
     
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  2. adam tash

    adam tash Member+

    Jul 12, 2013
    Barcelona, Spain
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I understand why people wait for players to "prove it"....but for me he did a long time ago.

    Not going off of what he has "proven" just off the eye test....
     
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  3. Hobo

    Hobo Member+

    Apr 29, 2007
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    From today’s press conference from his coach:

    “Chris Richards came to us relatively inexperienced. He then showed immediately that he is Bundesliga worthy. I have known him for awhile, it’s a lot of fun to work with him.”


     
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  4. Casper

    Casper Member+

    Mar 30, 2001
    New York
    Your eye test was spot on, but I'm a lot more convinced by the eye test after it happened in multiple consecutive starts against Bundesliga and Europa League clubs. Plenty of people are intriguing by the eye test in spot minutes or against reserves.
     
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  5. m vann

    m vann Moderator
    Staff Member

    Colorado Rapids, Celtic FC, & Louisville City
    Sep 10, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Club:
    Celtic FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Nicklaus Sule is apparently drawing the interest of Chelsea. I believe he shunned Chelsea to sign with Bayern when he was at Hoffenheim. It could be another obstacle cleared for Richards is Sule leaves.
     
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  6. ChrisSSBB

    ChrisSSBB Member+

    Jun 22, 2005
    DE
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Bayern are losing Boateng and Alaba at CB. Hard to believe they would let Süle go as well but there is always a price.
     
  7. dougtee

    dougtee Member+

    Feb 7, 2007
    sule is effective and has incredible high end speed when he gets going, but he seems like a bull in a china shop at times. i am not sure he is a bayern quality cb. not saying that means richards is, but wouldnt be surprised to see bayern let him go
     
  8. Casper

    Casper Member+

    Mar 30, 2001
    New York
    High end speed? Bull in a china shop? German? Not good enough for Bayern? Maybe really expensive? He's the perfect addition to the Timo Werner collection at Chelsea!
     
  9. DMTerp02

    DMTerp02 Member+

    Jun 2, 2007
    Annapolis, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    If Bayern end up with Upemecano/Sule/Richards/Pavard-in-emergency as their CB situation, that's a pretty good spot for Chris. I'd expect them to being in at least one more starter quality CB though given their budgets and amount of games to play. If they don't, it's quite the stamp of approval for him.
     
  10. eliwood

    eliwood Member+

    Jul 25, 2016
    there are also Lucas Hernandez and the highly rated youngster Nianzou in the picture
     
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  11. ChrisSSBB

    ChrisSSBB Member+

    Jun 22, 2005
    DE
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yeah. Hernandez would be the starting LCB.
     
  12. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    How are the other centerbacks at Hoffenheim in comparison?
     
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  13. The Irish Rover

    The Irish Rover Member+

    Aug 1, 2010
    Dublin
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Ireland Republic
    There are only 5 games left, so it's not really relevant. As a loan player, he's going back to Bayern on June 30th and his location for next season will be decided in August. With Flick leaving, there'll be a new coach to impress and Richards will be keen to stake his claim to a starting place. He'll owe to himself to give that a proper go before thinking too much about loan destinations.
     
  14. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It may be relevant to how serious of an offer Hoffenheim make for him.
     
  15. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    I was more curious how they performed since he joined the club.
     
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  16. Jazzy Altidore

    Jazzy Altidore Member+

    Sep 2, 2009
    San Francisco
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Some of them have been on the bench.
     
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  17. Pegasus

    Pegasus Member+

    Apr 20, 1999
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    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Answer the question!

    I mean how did they perform on the bench?
     
  18. Dirt McGirt

    Dirt McGirt Member+

    Jun 20, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We like Kicker this week?
     
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  19. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  20. dougtee

    dougtee Member+

    Feb 7, 2007
    gutty display from hoffenheim to come back and win. richards not great on either goal imo. first was just one of those things where he couldve hustled a bit more to get back but the ball pinballed the right way for gladbach. not sure how to assess fault on second where lazaro split richards and other hoffenheim defender, but richards definitely in the picture even if it wasnt him who lost his marker
     
  21. dougtee

    dougtee Member+

    Feb 7, 2007
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  22. The Irish Rover

    The Irish Rover Member+

    Aug 1, 2010
    Dublin
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Ireland Republic
    More like the physio's room. They've registered 8 other CBs (no, that's not a typo) this season, of whom two, club captain Hubner and veteran BL defender Bicakic, have missed all of it, while Akpoguma's hamstring has kept him out since January 9th and Nordveidt struggles to stay fit for more than a half-dozen games.

    The coach is almost wedded to a 3-4-3, but an recent injury to regular starter Vogt has seen them experiment with a back 4 rather than give even cameos to the two backups.

    Signing Chris may have been the difference between mid-table stability and a real relegation struggle.
     
  23. glutton4Bolts

    glutton4Bolts Member+

    Chelsea
    United States
    Mar 18, 2019
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yesterday I had my choice to watch the following players live: Weston, Gio, Sargent, Brooks and Richards. All played at roughly the same time.... and I chose Richards. That is how high I am on him. Such a touch position to master at this level and he has been remarkable given his age/experience. Likely making it difficult for Bayern to allow him to leave. Sure would be cool for Bayern to have a backline w/ Richards and Upamecano... and since they sometimes play with three 3CBs... Richards might actually get legit playing time there next season. But I still would rather him spend another year at a club that plays him game in and game out like they have at Hoff.
     
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  24. Jazzy Altidore

    Jazzy Altidore Member+

    Sep 2, 2009
    San Francisco
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I feel Bayern will be tempted to recall him. But I share your hope he gets another season on loan, preferably at Hoffenheim.
     
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  25. Hobo

    Hobo Member+

    Apr 29, 2007
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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