As Bayern Munich’s winter camp in Doha, Qatar, approaches its conclusion, everyone on the squad and staff has had nothing but great things to say about Alphonso Davies. His relentless work rate, humbleness, and positive spirit have not gone unnoticed. The feeling goes both ways, too, as Davies likewise revealed just how much he’s enjoyed training and playing with his Bayern teammates (AZ):
Bayern has a great team. I also like their playing style. Bayern likes to move the ball and plays attractive soccer. I could imagine fitting into this team well.
Davies added that he’s learning a lot from the older, more experienced players in the squad, like Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery:
They’re fantastic. Even today, they are still great players, from whom I hopefully still can learn a lot.
Niklas Süle commended the 18-year-old for how well he’s adapting to training with the first team at a high intensity:
It’s not easy to adjust to the difference in training and the pace. But he’s doing very well. He has a really good left foot, and a lot of pace, too. I think we’ve gotten a really good player.
Although Davies might not be thrust right into the starting lineup at the start of the Rückrunde, Niko Kovac reiterated that Davies is with the first team for a reason. Kovac said, “We need quality. That’s why he’s here. The sooner, the better.”
It’s incredibly refreshing to see a player so young, yet so humble and ready to work at the same time. Having been born in a refugee camp in Ghana after his parents fled civil war in Liberia, Davies knows exactly what it means to work for everything he has. Joining Bayern has been a dream come true for him and it’s only the beginning of what promises to be a massive chapter in his life and career.
See Davies in action in training: