His performance in the Champions League against Chelsea may have furthered his reputation, but Alphonso Davies had by then already established himself as crucial to Bayern Munich’s plans. The 19-year-old was born in a refugee camp in Ghana in 2000, after his parents had fled the second Liberian civil war. By those standards, European football’s most dangerous attackers should give him little concern.
Davies’ family moved to Canada as refugees when he was five years old. He joined Vancouver Whitecaps in 2015 at the age of 14, made his Major League soccer debut a year later and, in the summer of 2018, agreed terms to join Bayern the following January for a MLS record £9.84m.
If Bayern’s recruitment continues to prove effective, so does their ability to improve even the most promising players. “Davies brings his strengths to the pitch and wins a lot of defensive balls with his pace,” said manager Hansi Flick. “He was originally signed as a winger, but he’s doing an incredible job at left-back. His development has been phenomenal.”