Bayern Munich II (Bayern reserves) have their crucial first match today against Wolfsburg II: no less than promotion to the 3. Liga is at stake. Bayern II manager Holger Seitz has decided to include Alphonso Davies in the squad to face Wolfsburg II in the two-legged affair. Davies thus will start in the match day squad just 4 days after being an unused sub in Bayern’s 5-1, title-clinching win over Eintracht Frankfurt:
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Speaking to Sport1 ahead of the encounter, Holger Seitz said Davies might be the x-factor that the reserves need to get the job done and that his confidence shows on the pitch. He said,
He’s an absolutely positive and straightforward young man. He shows that on the pitch, too. Back home [i.e. Lower Bavaria], we’d say, ‘He don’t shit himself none!’ [i.e. Davies is fearless.] That is truly a quality of his.
Kwasi Okyere Wriedt, who has shown great promise with his 24 goals and 8 assists in the Regionalliga Bayern this season and will be Davies’ target man on the pitch, likewise had nothing but praise for Davies:
He’s already shown his qualities. He’s fast, technically good, and super one on one. It always looks so easy for him.
With the selections he has at his disposal and the confidence in his side, Setiz sees no reason why Bayern shouldn’t win and secure promotion to the 3. Liga:
I’m optimistic and wouldn’t know of anything that’d argue against us having a solid game.
Davies’s inclusion in the squad for Bayern II puts his involvement in this weekend’s DFB-Pokal final in question, since the second leg against Wolfsburg is only 2 days after the final. While he thus might not be selected for the starting eleven in Leipzig, being in the matchday squad would the experience of a lifetime for the 18-year-old. Securing promotion to the 3. Liga for Bayern II with solid playing minutes, however, could be more beneficial both for himself and the club.