Entering the 2018 Major League Soccer season, the biggest question on Vancouver Whitecaps fans’ minds was where Alphonso Davies would be transferred and for how much. As the season progressed the anticipated transfer fee increased. Many expected that news would come following the 2018 season, however, Bayern Munich put a quick end to the courtship by agreeing to a potential 22 million dollar transfer fee on July 25th. While Davies would not be eligible to play for Bayern until January 2019, shortly after the MLS season ended, in November, Phonzie headed over to Germany to begin training with the prestigious club.
There were many questions surrounding the transfer. Would Davies be loaned out? Would he fight for minutes with the first team? Would he be overmatched in the much more challenging Bundesliga?
Our SB Nation compatriot Bavarian Football Works chronicled Davies acclimation to Germany and Bayern and I encourage you to go check out some of those articles. To answer the three questions proposed above though, Davies was not going to be loaned out, he would fight for minutes with the first team and feature prominently, and he would not be overmatched. How can we answer that last question already? Technically, we cannot. However, as Davies trained with the world class players at Bayern, they were impressed by his skill and breakaway speed.
"There's good reason to be excited. He has skills others don't."— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) January 8, 2019
Neuer, Müller and Kovac give their first impressions of @AlphonsoDavies after a week of training with the team. pic.twitter.com/Ck5CdLL677
In preparation for the second half of the Bundesliga season, Bayern Munich played in a short, two-game, Telekom Cup. In that tournament, Davies saw his first action, and one match into his Bayern Munich career, Davies already had his first piece of hardware.
Davies has acclimated well and it seems that he has been embraced by the other players. At the beginning of the above clip, you see Neuer handing the trophy off to Davies. Of course, those of us who have seen him play over the last few seasons are not surprised. Not only is he quite skilled, we know that his personality makes you an immediate fan. It seems that has shone through in his short time with Bayern.
In Bayern Munich’s first league match of January, today, Alphonso Davies was in the 18. Despite winning 3-1, Davies remained stapled to the bench. This should not be seen as a negative. I would expect him to get his debut shortly; next week or two.
As the Davies era ends in Vancouver, it begins in Bayern. There were many question marks around the move and whether he could succeed. While it is still early, in that he hasn’t even played in a league match, the indication is that he will continue to be a hit and hopefully become Canada’s best export; if he isn’t already.
What are your initial thoughts on Davies start in Bayern?