It is with no doubt whatsoever that even an average Bundesliga follower can easily say that Alphonso Davies is one of the best young talents in the German first division currently. Still 18, Davies clearly has a bright future ahead of him.
While it is certainly fair to rate him as arguably the best football talent in Canada in recent years, it is also vital to note that he is one of the very few Canadian players who have played for massive clubs across Europe. There’s as many as you could count on your fingers. As things stand, it will be unfair to say that Davies will go onto overshadow them, but the hype around him already has.
But Bayern Munich currently stand at a key moment in their history themselves. They’re undergoing transition after a season that left some Bayern fans frustrated, despite their Bundesliga title win by pipping Borussia Dortmund to the crown. It was a campaign that showed that the team needs a fresh approach and a fresh batch of players going forward.
When it was made official that both Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben would leave Bayern in the summer, eyebrows across Canada were raised in the hope that this might just hand Davies a massive opportunity to make the country proud again.
The 18-year-old did appear six times for the German champions this past season and even impressed many, also scoring one goal which came against Mainz in the Bundesliga. Robben’s injury issues and Kingsley Coman’s consistent struggles with fitness helped him a lot.
But it is next season and this summer that will be crucial for the winger. He will play for his nation in the Gold Cup as Canada play Martinique in the first game of the campaign. But with Bayern in transition- as previously stated- Davies may have more than just a point to prove.
The Bavarians were after Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi and are after Leroy Sane, Florian Thauvin and Paulo Dybala. They are all wide players who can be very capable of replacing Robben and Ribery. Bayern want to return to the top of European football and they are willing to spend on world class talent. It isn’t something new for a powerhouse club.
They have let James Rodriguez go as the Colombian won’t stay on after having spent two seasons on loan at the Allianz Stadium. But Bayern already have possible starters at that position in Serge Gnabry and Coman- two players who are still seen as the future of the club. Even Thomas Muller can play wide. It is their presence that would make things tough for Davies, not the new signings.
New players will be brought in and that will push Davies further down the pecking order. While he is still 18, he needs regular football to develop. Perhaps, a loan deal would help him play more. For a player who played 31 games in the MLS last season and scored eight times, assisting 10 times, Davies should be playing regular first-team football already.