Alphonso Davies is eager to prove himself as forward at Bayern Munich in the future.
Bayern Munich endured a disappointing first half of the season as they ended the year four points behind league leaders RB Leipzig. The German champions have been inconsistent on the pitch, which ultimately lead to the departure of Niko Kovac.
Amidst the chaos, Bayern still had some positives to cheer about in the last five months. Apart from goal exploits from Robert Lewandowski, Alphonso Davies’ emergence in the left-back position has been the biggest plus point for Die Roten this season.
The Canadian winger struggled for game time at the start of the season. After injuries to Lucas Hernandez and Niklas Sule, Davies was deployed in the left-back position. The teenage winger delivered complete performances in this role and cemented a place in the starting eleven.
Despite doing well in the left-back role, Davies still dreams to succeed as a forward at Bayern Munich. Speaking to Edmonton Sun (via Bundesliga.com), Davies admitted that he would like to play further up on the pitch in the future.
“My mindset growing up was attack, attack, attack, but now it’s defend, defend, defend. It’s different because now when I want to go forward, I have to be aware of the guys behind me. If I get caught with a long ball, I could be in big trouble.”
“I’m playing the game as a defender right now, and hopefully one day they put me up top. But I’m happy to play whatever position the coach puts me.”
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The German champions broke the bank to sign Davies from Vancouver Whitecaps in 2018. Bayern had to beat a lot of competition to sign the Canadian forward. After initial struggles, Die Roten is pleased with Davies. The club rates him highly and Hasan Salihamidzic insisted that Davies will be an important player for Bayern in the future.
Davies has to improve in the final third, but he has developed quicker than expected. Moreover, he has seamlessly adapted to the new role. His lightning pace makes sure that wingers don’t get better of him. While going forward he creates a lot of problems for the opponent’s full-back. If he consistently delivers the ball in dangerous zones, then Davies will be a complete defender.
Bayern currently has only one natural left-back in their squad. David Alaba has held this position in the last decade. Die Roten may look to mold Davies into a similar role to make sure they don’t have to look for a left-back in the market. However, the permanent switch to position also depends on Davies’ wish.
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The initial signs are promising for Davies in the left-back role. Bayern is likely to improve the attack in summer, so Davies is unlikely to become a first-choice option in that position. His chances to play regularly will improve if he decides to make a permanent switch to the left-back position