The evolution of Phonzy
By COACH ALEX
Davies is now regarded as one of the best left backs in the world. His amazing performance this season for FC Bayern under Hansi Flick was topped of by winning the Bundesliga title.
But lets start from the beginning. Alphonso Davies originally came to Canada as a refugee from Ghana and started playing football soon after he settled into his new home. It didn´t take long for Davies to receive offers from big clubs.
In 2015, he moved to the Vancouver Whitecaps and signed for the second team to play at their second team. At just 15 years old he´s the youngest player to sign a pro contact in the USL – the second division in the USA. Soon after, in may 2016, he became the youngest goalscorer ever in the USL.
He set another record in july 2016 when he became the first player to make the jump from the second team oft he Whitecaps to the pros. Remember, at this time, he was still 15 years old! No surprise – he also became the youngest player to ever play for the Whitecaps.
At the end of July 2018, it was announced that Davies would leave the Whitecaps in January 2019 to go overseas to join ne of the biggest clubs in the world – FC Bayern Munich.
After everything you´ve read you would probably think that he fit in the squad oft he german giants without any problems. Well, even for a player of his class it isn´t always easy to settle in at a new club, in a new league, in a new country. Especially at the age of 18 years.
He had problems getting into the first squad in the beginning and was even seen as a flop by the media because of his pricetag of 18 million euros, which is a record for a MLS player. He might have won the Bundesliga and DFB Cup in his first season, but he only played 3 games for the first team.
He still had problems at the start of the 19/20 season, but as we all know, you need a little bit of luck to succeed. A new coach – Hansi Flick – and David Alaba´s injury helped him to get into the starting line up as left back – not his natural position.
Since then, he´s performed in pretty much every games since then, made it into the Bundesliga Team of the season and is now regarded as one oft he best left backs in the world – A true success story!