Alphonso Davies has enjoyed a fantastic start to the 2019/2020 campaign for Bayern Munich. The Canadian international has regularly featured at left-back for Hansi Flick and has arguably been one of Bayern’ most improved players since last season. He’s proven why he can, and most likely will, continue to be the starting left-back for Bayern.
Part of what makes Davies so lovable is his incredibly humble and outgoing personality. In a recent interview on the Edomoton Oiler’s podcast (via Bundesliga.com), Davies said he’s still amazed that he plays alongside such talented stars like Philippe Coutinho and Robert Lewandowski:
I’m playing with all these superstars and I still say “wow.” I walk in the locker room and I shake Lewandowski’s hand, Coutinho’s hand, Thiago’s hand, and [David] Alaba’s. I can’t believe these people are my teammates. I grew up watching these guys, so it’s truly amazing.
Davies’ rapid development has been facilitated by communication with the rest of the players, who all speak English. Davies said,
People speak different languages: we have French, Spanish, German and Portuguese, but in the locker room the main language is English. Most people know some English. When I first moved there I didn’t think I was going to get by so easily, but people told me they all know English, so we communicate in English. Obviously they want me to learn German, but in the locker room it’s all English.
He’s made it a long way from his upbringing, to say the very least. Having left his home at the ripe age of 14, Davies has been faced with mental, emotional, and physical obstacles, but he said it’s truly helped him grow into the man he is today:
The first time I left home, I was 14 when I went to Vancouver. It was only a one-hour flight away [from Edmonton] but I still got homesick. The first week was good but as time went on I got homesick. That prepared me to go to Germany. When I got there I was used to being away from home. Obviously I’ve had to adapt to the language and the culture, but I think me moving to Vancouver at a young age prepared me for the big jump [to Munich].
Davies shows no signs of slowing down any time soon and he’s been one of Bayern’s most consistent performers since Hansi Flick took charge. He has already made 21 appearances across competitions this season and has started every competitive match since October 26th’s 2-1 win over Union Berlin at the Allianz Arena. Davies remains one of the first name’s on Flick’s team sheet.