Bayern Munich full-back Alphonso Davies in the running for a prestigious award.
After winning the treble last campaign, Bayern Munich players are expected to be nominated for various awards throughout the year. Along with many veterans, Alphonso Davies also shone brightly during a historic campaign. The Canadian international has been nominated for Golden Boy Award.
The award is being managed by Tuttosport. The Italian media outlet announced 40 nominations for this year’s award on Tuesday. Alphonso Davies is set to face competition from Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland for this award. Die Roten transfer target Sergino Dest is also on the list.
Previously, Renato Sanches had won this award just when he joined Die Roten. Kingsley Coman has also been on the shortlist in the past. Davies and Mickael Cuisance were also nominated for the same award last year.
Davies enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in the Bavarian shirt this season after joining the club in 2019 from Vancouver Whitecaps. He is a winger by trade, but now Davies’ name comes up in the same breath with some of the best fullbacks in the world.
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The teenager started the season with the reserves team as minutes in the first team was likely to come during cup competitions. After an injury crisis in defense, Niko Kovac decided to move David Alaba in central defense and deploy Davies as left-back.
Initially, Davies took some time to find the right balance in defensive and offensive aspects of his game. His lightning pace allowed him to make recovery challenges. As the season progressed, Davies improved his positioning, which helped him to be ahead of wide players. In the final third, Davies was erratic, but slowly and steadily, he was finding forwards through his crossing and passing.
Davies came up with the most breathtaking moments in the Champions League. His assist against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge showed his incredible pace, while the trickery against Barcelona to beat three players to create a goal for Joshua Kimmich showed improvement in his decision making. He ended the campaign with three goals and nine assists across 42 appearances in all competitions. (Stats courtesy: Transfermarkt)
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Die Roten decided to reward his strong performances with a new deal in April. There is still a long way to go for Davies, but he is developing rapidly and could be Bayern’s left-back for the next decade. The teenage full-back will be looking to become an even better player next season and produce better numbers in the final third.
Bavarians! You can vote for Davies for Golden Boy Award here!