The 19-year-old is 18 months into his tenure at the Allianz Arena having signed from Vancouver Whitecaps and has been a regular at the start of Hansi Flick’s XI, gaining recognition for his dynamic performances from left-back, from where he scored three goals and created eight more in 42 first-team appearances in this season.
Davies’ move to Bayern from the MLS was “intimidating”
Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies admitted that he initially considered the move to the Bundesliga from the MLS “intimidating”. The 19-year-old is 18 months into his tenure at the Allianz Arena having signed from Vancouver Whitecaps and has been a regular at the start of Hansi Flick’s XI, gaining recognition for his dynamic performances from left-back, from where he scored three goals and created eight more in 42 first-team appearances in this season. But while things are now going smoothly for the Canadian star, life in Germany was initially daunting. “I found it intimidating,” he told the journalists. “Coming as a young player from Canada, I didn’t know what to expect. The first practice was a walk-through. These balls are flying. The touch is crisp, passing crisp. I was at the back of the line, waiting to pass the ball. I look around and think: ‘This is amazing.”
Bayern players IQ is high and everyone is just tip-top
“I did pretty well, and then the ownership drill came along. That’s when I struggled. The quality of passing so high, players IQ so high, and everyone is just tip-top. When you see him on TV, they make him so easy and so random, but when you’re there and experiencing it, it’s a whole different level. “The first game I started on left-back was against Union Berlin. I looked around and thought, “This is crazy.” Once I got the ball, I tried to make the first pass the easiest to get myself into the game. That did not happen. He was caught between his legs, and I almost lost the ball. I got the ball back after that, and I made it more comfortable, and I started to get my confidence back.
“I tried to stay back and maintain my position as much as possible because I didn’t want to be kicked out of position. Errors here hurt you. That is the difference between European football and MLS football.” Davies’ performances throughout the season were enough to qualify for the Bundesliga Rookie of the Season award, beating Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram.