Kinglsey Coman and Alphonso Davies are two of the fastest players in world football, let alone just the Bundesliga or Bayern Munich. Earlier this season, Coman clocked the fastest speed in the Bundesliga with a sprint he made during Bayern’s first 3-2 win over SC Paderborn back in the end of September when he was dialed in at 22.16 miles per hour, but that speed has since been surpassed. Borussia Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi, Bayer Leverkusen’s Mousa Diaby, and FC Koln’s Kingsley Ehizibue have since clocked quicker speeds than Coman.
In a recent interview with Eurosport Deutschalnd (via Bundesliga.com), Coman admitted that when push comes to shove, Davies is faster than him when it comes to a straight-on foot race. In training sessions, he said, they’ve already done tests to see who’s quicker in certain situations when he was directly asked about who’s faster:
It’s him [Davies]. We’ve already done some testing at Bayern, it’s him. If it’s speed in slaloms or turning I think I’m a little faster, but in a straight line it’s him.
Coman, of course, has had his fair share of struggles with injuries this season and Davies has been exceptional at the left back spot. The amount of ground he’s able to make up at times when Bayern are caught on their heels is sensational, and there’s few players in the world that Davies can’t match for pace. It’s part of what makes him so effective at the left back position as he’s able to be productive on both sides of the ball.
Ironically enough, it was Coman who Davies said gave him some helpful advice before only his second day of training with Bayern after arriving from the Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS:
On my second day there, I spoke to Kingsley Coman. We were sitting down eating breakfast, and he told me that when we train don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Because it happens, but when you make that mistake, try and get the ball back as quickly as possible, and don’t be afraid to try and do things to express yourself.
While we may never get to see Coman and Davies in a foot race in an official capacity, it’s important not to take for granted the pace the both players possess, which is part of what makes them such complete footballers. Because he’s still so young, it’s only a matter of time before Davies starts routinely clocking the top speeds in the Bundesliga.
One of the greatest recovery runs from Davies vs. RB Leipzig: