When Alphonso Davies made the leap from the Vancouver Whitecaps to Bayern Munich many wondered how the Bavarians would approach allowing Davies to mature, while also trying to maximize their investment in the player.
According to Davies, the Bayern front office and staff is allowing him to develop at his own pace and providing him the necessary environment to adapt to a faster, more technically-skill style of play.
Bundesliga.com captured an interview that Davies gave to Bild, where the youngster talked about Bayern’s patient approach with his development:
There’s no pressure whatsoever from the club. They want to build me up, that I get my game time and that I get used to the league. It’s difficult to come over from Canada as a youngster and play for one of the best teams in the world. They’re giving me all the time I need and their plan has been very good so far.
Davies acknowledged that the team’s core group provides constant competition and pushes each player to improve every day. Specifically, Davies mentioned Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry as other young players who are eager to prove themselves:
We’ve got a good crop of young players. KC – Kingsley Coman – Serge [Gnabry] and me are all young and hungry to play. I’m sure that everyone will get their chance to blossom and shine at this club.
In the end, Davies said to be able to work with and train against players like Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery has provided an invaluable lesson with regard to what it takes to achieve greatness:
They’re both just unbelievable. They’re still incredible players, even at that age. Just look at Franck on the last day of the season, the way he dribbled past two Frankfurt players before scoring, in the way only he can. And when you look at how Robben still leaves his marker behind… they’re great players.
Davies’ progression on Säbener Strasse will likely see the 18-year-old get more opportunities next season, but how he adapts to stronger level of competition on the pitch will give a clear indication of just how far the Canadian has to go before he can reach the lofty expectations that many have for him.