- Alphonso Davies succeeds against Mainz his first goal for Bayern.
- The young Canadian is one with his 18 years in Munich one for the future.
- He can play on both wings and shines with courage on offense.
In football, every scorer faces an elementary question immediately after the success: How to cheer now? Expectant fathers stuck for years either the ball under the jersey or a thumb in the mouth, as a greeting to the mother. The pious greeted Jesus personally, the defiant pointed to their own name, the well-behaved renounced if they met against the former employer. Contemporary is now a dance in tribute to the video game "Fortnite". And timeless is the rule not to exaggerate while cheering insignificant goals: wiggle with your forefinger, bale your fist for a moment, finish. But you should not be too hard now with Alphonso Davies.
70 minutes were played on Sunday between FC Bayern and Mainz 05, the match had long been decided when the Canadian in the box the ball, shot away from Mainz goalkeeper Florian Müller forward, scored to 6: 0 in the goal. Eleven minutes earlier he had come in to replace David Alaba. Now he ran to the corner flag, spread his arms and slipped to Tormelody and light show on his knees, until his colleagues caught him. It should be added at least now, that it was a special goal for Davies, 18, his first for Bayern, his first in Germany, his first in the Bundesliga.
The record champions paid ten million euros to the Vancouver Whitecaps for Davies to move to Germany at the age of eighteen. Already in the summer of 2018 he signed a contract until 2023, since 1 January 2019 he is eligible to play. The videos of his performances in the North American professional league MLS are extremely auspicious, even in training his qualities were quick to recognize. In the second round game, the 4: 1 against Stuttgart at the end of January, Davies came on as a substitute.
The hopes associated with him are also so great because he can play on both wings in attack, those positions on which in the coming summer with the departure of Arjen Robben and probably also that of Franck Ribéry the biggest of many upheavals in Munich Squad takes place. But recently coach Niko Kovac had to dampen a few hopes. You have to give talents time rather than expect them to tear down trees.
Davies, after the Stuttgart match in Leverkusen and against Schalke came on, was last used in the U23 in the Regionalliga. There he ran away the opponents at a tremendous pace and prepared against FC Ingolstadt II before a goal, but it seemed as if he should now collect together with the South Korean Wooyeong Jeong, 19, first in the reserve experience. His goal is now again a step towards professional squad. "He came in very well," praised center-back Niklas Süle. "I told him that not only the goal was nice, but also how he won the ball twice before, he played courageously so he can help us out." In the cabin they have already given him a nickname: "Fonzy".
The list of auspicious talents who did not prevail in Munich is long. Sinan Kurt, meanwhile landed in Austria's second division, is a younger example. But Davies' level seems to be quite another, higher. At 18 years, four months and 15 days he is after Roque Santa Cruz the second youngest Bundesligatorschütze in the club's history, younger than Uli Hoeneß and Bastian Schweinsteiger. The latter met for the first time in the DFB Cup against Cologne, it was the goal to 5-0 in an 8-0 victory. Schweinsteiger cheered by taking a talisman out of his glove and showing it to the fans.
Hoeneß, at that time a manager, said: "He should let such a junk, he is a football player and not an actor." The jubilation of Alphonso Davies on Sunday left the Bayern president uncommented.