Alphonso Davies officially joined up with Bayern Munich earlier this week after making a brief visit to his hometown of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada. The 18-year old has completed his first week of training as a Bayern player and is now looking to get the next chapter of his career started.
In the pre-Dusseldorf press conference, Niko Kovac expressed his excitement for Davies join the ranks at Bayern, via Bundesliga.com:
He’s a very talented young player who drew interest from more than just Bayern. We’re very happy to have signed such a diamond in the rough.
Kovac also went on to say that Davies will likely make his competitive debut for Bayern at some point after the winter break. He doesn’t want to to throw him into the fray too soon, as it will certainly take a bit of time to adjust to life in the Bundesligs:
#Kovac: "We've brought in a diamond in the rough in @AlphonsoDavies, one that a lot of other clubs were chasing. We need to give him time to adjust to the level here, but he will no doubt get game time after the winter break."#MiaSanMia #FCBF95 pic.twitter.com/WEFSKI09VN— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) November 23, 2018
Club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge re-iterated Kovac’s excitement for Davies and reinforced the idea that he won’t be thrown into the lineup until January 2019. He also described his first meeting with the 18-year old, who he said made a good impression (via FCBayern.com):
He’ll play from 1 January at the earliest, that’s when the transfer window opens. I met him today, he made a very polite, a very good impression, also in today’s training session. He’s an option, he’s an incredibly quick player. We hope he’ll cause a stir in this position. But you mustn’t forget he’s only 18, he played in the MLS in the United States. We’ll have to be patient and not make the mistake of overestimating him at the beginning.