BERLIN (AFP) – Hailed as one of the “best players of his generation”, versatile Canadian teenager Alphonso Davies started life in a refugee camp, but is now starring in the Champions League for Bayern Munich.
The German champions are already through to the last 16 as Group B winners and Bayern could become the first German club to win all six of their group matches when they host Tottenham tomorrow.
Davies, who only turned 19 in November, was on the bench in north London when Bayern thrashed Spurs 7-2 in October.
However, serious knee injuries to first-choice centre-backs Niklas Suele and Lucas Hernandez have since catapulted him into the starting line-up.
A reshuffle of Bayern’s back four saw David Alaba switch to centre-back, leaving Davies, usually a winger, to play at left-back.
“Luckily the coach sees something in me and plays me every week as a left-back or a winger, it doesn’t matter,” said Davies, who has played the 90 minutes in all of Bayern’s last nine games.
“Whichever one he puts me in, I’m able to do the job.”
When Borussia Dortmund were trounced 4-0 in the Bundesliga last month, Robert Lewandowski grabbed the headlines with two goals, yet it was Davies who subdued Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakimi down the left to help keep the visitors goalless.
He became Canada’s youngest international aged 16 and seven months.
Davies officially joined Bayern from Vancouver Whitecaps on January 1 for a reported USD13 million.
His Bundesliga debut came in late January, but he had to wait until last month for his first Champions League match, a 2-0 home win against Olympiakos.
He has also scored five goals in 17 internationals, including when Canada beat the United States for the first time in 34 years in the CONCACAF Nations League.