A closer look at Alphonso Davies' impressive development
He's the season's big achiever at FC Bayern. In the last few months, Alphonso Davies has become an undisputed first-team player for the German record champions. On Monday, the 19-year-old agreed an early contract extension with the Reds, taking him through to 30 June 2025. fcbayern.com takes a closer look at the Canadian's development.
Role-change: Established at left-back
Following his move from Vancouver Whitecaps to Munich during the 2018/19 winter break, Davies was initially mainly used in an attacking role. Every now and then he revealed glimpses of his potential, but never really got beyond coming off the bench for short spells. Little by little Davies was increasingly used in the left-back position, and the lightning-fast left-footed player knew how to impress! Since the Bundesliga home game against Union Berlin on 26 October 2019, it is impossible to imagine the FC Bayern starting XI without him.
Last 23 competitive matches in the starting XI
What an impressive run! Davies was always in the starting XI in FC Bayern's last 23 competitive matches. Under coach Hansi Flick he's the only outfield player who has always started a match. Only goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer has played more minutes of competitive football under Flick.
Chelsea match as a metaphor
A prime example of Davies' outstanding performance over the past few months was his performance in the first leg of the Champions League round of sixteen tie at Chelsea. His defensive strength was underlined by winning 80 percent of his tackles. Davies' attacking prowess was exemplified with an assist for Robert Lewandowski's goal to make it 3-0. An immaculate cross into the centre followed the Canadian's unparalleled acceleration on the left wing, which left several of his opponents chasing shadows. A move which rightly garnered the acclaim of fans and team-mates alike afterwards.
The large number of appearances also increased the 19-year-old's self-confidence, which can also be proven by statistics: In the 21 competitive matches under Hansi Flick, Davies was by far the most frequent dribbler of all Bayern players, with a whopping 126 dribbles. That's 50 more than Serge Gnabry, who ranks second with 76. An impressive 60 percent of the Canadian's dribbles were successful.
Second-youngest scorer and second-fastest at FCB
Davies became the German record champions' second-youngest Bundesliga scorer ever, when he netted at the age of 18 years, 4 months and 15 days in the 6-0 home win against Mainz in March 2019. Only Roque Santa Cruz was younger when he scored his first goal for the Reds (18 years, 12 days). In addition, at 35.3 km/h, Davies is the second-fastest FC Bayern player since detailed data started being collated. Only Kingsley Coman was faster in the Bundesliga (35.7 km/h).
Davies the entertainer
In addition to his outstanding performances on the pitch, Davies knows how to entertain when off it. On his social media channels, the 19-year-old always makes his followers laugh with entertaining videos.
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