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Alphonso Davies stays grounded despite upcoming move

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The Canadian phenom is still the happy-go-lucky kid he’s always been — even if he’s heading to one of the most powerful clubs in the world.

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If there were any thoughts that Alphonso Davies might change given his newfound status as as one of Bayern Munich’s future building blocks, Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson has not seen a difference. Even if he did, though, Robinson would be sure to knock some sense into the 17-year-old to ensure the prodigy stays on track.

In an interview with the Vancouver Sun, Robinson indicated that Davies is still the same kid he’s always been. Davies is a typical teenager who enjoys hanging out and video games; it just so happens that he’s also a pro athlete and highly-touted potential superstar:

He’s exactly the same and people who know him will tell you his feet are on the ground. Once you get to know him, you know what a character he is. He loves his PlayStation or his ‘Fortnite’ whatever they play, his dancing. That’s why he gets on with all the boys in the locker room. But his feet have remained firmly on the ground. And if they weren’t, I’d bring him back down to earth. Because he’s going to have to get used to that when he leaves us at the end of the year. But while he’s here I’ll make sure he conducts himself properly and he’s a proper teammate … Individuals don’t win anything, teams win things. And that’s the dynamic that I have at this football club.

Davies missed Vancouver’s 2-1 league win over the Portland Timbers last weekend after suffering a right hip-flexor strain. In typical style, Robinson was blunt when asked how Davies looked upon his return to the training grounds this week:

Not great to be honest.

For his part, Davies just wants to play and will seemingly handle his transfer just as he has approached the rest of his career.

I feel good. I just want to go out there and have fun.

Davies will bring that brand of fun to Munich in January and Robinson will surely be following along closely; just to make sure Davies doesn’t let those fast feet leave the ground.