In a report by Bild, it appears that Alphonso Davies may have to take a step back in his meteoric rise to stardom. The Canadian winger, who did not feature for Bayern Munich in their 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin, may now be dropped to the reserve team.
Bayern II face Regionalliga side Ingolstadt II at the Grunwalder Stadium this Sunday. Davies is on the starting lineup:
Alphonso Davies starts for Bayern II against Ingolstadt II. pic.twitter.com/rSlV8gY5OD— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) February 24, 2019
According to Bild, the reason is because Davies still shows technical deficiencies in training. The youngster is fast, but he is still not considered to be good enough for first team football. This directly contradicts statements by Hasan Salihamidzic and Niko Kovac, both of whom said that he was definitely going to be a part of the first team’s plans going forward.
Kovac, in particular, said this:
If I compare him with our U-23s, then he is already ahead of the others. He has to acclimate, that’s clear. But he has quality and we will not slow him down if he can help us.
Clearly, he’s not as far ahead as the coach thought, since he now finds himself starting alongside those U-23 players against Ingolstadt II. The fact that this news has come out right after another injury to Kingsley Coman doesn’t look good for the player or the club.
The Bayern reserves have been a black hole of talent as of late — what goes in tends not to come out. It’s not even likely that Davies will play against better players than the ones he tore apart in MLS. As fans, we can only hope that he impresses enough with the reserves to be earn a first team start, but the chances aren’t great.
It is not known whether Davies will continue training with the first team, or keep being named to matchday squads. If neither of these things happen, then his situation will be dire. Hopefully, this is just a measure to keep Davies match-fit, and there are some minutes coming up soon. Otherwise, Bayern Munich will have wasted €10m.