Following an impressive 2019/20 campaign, Canada international back Alphonso Davies was expected to be a mainstay in Bayern Munich’s starting lineup for years to come. Surprisingly, however, Davies is spending a lot more time on the bench than on the field this season.
Asked to give his comment on the matter, Bayern’s head coach Hansi Flick explained that the 19-year-old Davies isn’t performing on the expected level right now.
“Alphonso’s form dropped a bit,” said Flick. “But he gets all our support. We benefit from his pace, his energy. It’s important he gets back on track.”
Flick currently prefers Lucas Hernandez on the left back, which caused Davies to clock just two starts in Bundesliga in 2019/20. The talented Canadian is also expected to find himself on the bench for the upcoming UEFA Champions League opening game against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.
But Flick insists that Davies can regain his spot in the future.
“It’s a bit normal to see a young player go through such a spell following an incredible season,” he added. “We will support and help him.”
Alphonso Davies started for the majority of the last season, making 46 appearances in all competitions and helping the club to four trophies. Davies contributed with three goals and added 10 assists.
Stellar performances put Davies in the conversation for one of the most talented youngsters in soccer and made him the finalist of Tuttosport’s Golden Boy award. His name is up there with some of the brightest wonderkids in Europe, including Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood and Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho.