Premier League supporters may not have known much about Alphonso Davies before tonight but they certainly do now after Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The Bundesliga giants all but sealed their spot in the last-eight with a comprehensive win in west London that was spearheaded by 19-year-old Davies.
The Canadian made the move to Europe from Vancouver Whitecaps in 2018 for a MLS record fee of around £14.5million and was converted from a left winger to a left-back by the German club.
Davies was given time to settle in Bavaria but he’s experienced a breakthrough campaign this season, making 26 appearances so far.
But he saved his best display in a red shirt for his biggest test yet as Bayern visited Stamford Bridge and Davies was on hand in the dying minutes to set-up Robert Lewandowski to score an all-important third goal when he beat two Chelsea players and zipped a precise ball across the box.
Bayern will feel their gamble is paying off but they were far from the only suitors for Davies.
The Canada international was widely scouted by Manchester United after making his debut at the age of 15.
The Red Devils were keen on casting a closer eye over Davies and invited the winger to Old Trafford for a three-week trial in January 2018.
However, the Manchester Evening News report that Davies’ rapid rise actually prevented him from making the trial as he was called up to train with Canada’s Olympic team at the same time and was then denied permission by the Whitecaps to visit the north-west so soon before the MLS season started in March.
United may live to rue the unfortunate circumstances as Davies’ value has soared this season on the back of his impressive performances in Germany.
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