MLS: Ghanaian born Alphonso Davies' pending move to Bayern Munich
The MLS has also been in part a stepping stone for few young players to up their game. Some players travel across oceans to the United States to show what they are made of as an audition for a big move to coveted European clubs. While others are from within, nurtured by the local soccer academies before breaking out in their respective MLS teams. Alphonso Davies has our attention this time around. Here are some bits about the youngster.
The young winger was born to Liberian parents in a Ghanaian refugee camp in 2000. He only lived on the African continent for just 5 years before moving to Canada. He identified soccer as his career path and represented Edmonton Internationals, Edmonton Strikers and Whitecaps FC Residency in his youthful years. Since then, the youngster has signed for two clubs setting a record at both teams for being the youngest to sign professional contracts. He also represented Canada at the U17, U19 and U20 levels before earning senior call to join Canadian Men’s National Team. In June 2018, Alphonso Davies was drafted in the MLS All-Star roster for the 2018 All-Star Game on the 1st of August against Juventus. His performances are what drew interest from the best teams in Europe.
Pending move to Bayern Munich
Vancouver announced on the 25th of July, 2018 that Davies was soon to join Bayern Munich in January 2019. The deal is believed to be worth an initial USD $13.5 million but could rise to USD $22 million through add-ons such performance-related bonuses. His maturity in decision making on the ball as well as his youthful tenacity is what convinced the German club to bring him to the Allianz Arena. The Ghanaian born winger must be counting down the days before his flight to Germany where he gets to play with the best players the European continent has to offer.
Is it too soon?
This is a question that lingers in the minds of many. Rightly so. Alphonso Davies is only 18 and has decided to join one of the biggest clubs in the world. It could prove a master-stroke if it all works out for the youngster at the club who have been preparing for the departures of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. However, he's not the first to be promised to become the heir to the duo on the flanks with the likes of Douglas Costa, Xherdan Shaqiri and now Kingsley Coman all trying but with no success. Alphonso Davies has to prove that he is mature and ready for the challenge at the top like how Kylian Mbappe is doing at Paris Saint-Germain.
What to expect from Davies
1. Smooth transition as he adapts to European soccer.
2. Some benchwarming for the youngster considering the level of competition in his prefered position.
3. Bring a new dimension to Bayern Munich’s attack by reason of his dribbling abilities