Alphonso Davies

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  1. Dec 9, 2017
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    KM I’m afraid I just blue myself Staff

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    17yr old Canadian Winger who became the youngest player to score at Gold Cup has received an invitation to train at United in January.

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    Mibabalou Full Member

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    Good player, seen him live a few times in MLS and for Canada.

    Not sure if he's United quality technically but he has the physical tools, should be a good experience for him.
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    Harry190 Full Member

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    Yea, decent talent. He did get injured during a cup though.
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    Lash Full Member

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    Did Vice sports do a video on this guy? Youngest MLS player or something. Liberian parents IIRC?

    Lot of good noise coming out about him though, will be good to see if he does get a trial here.

    Edit: Ghanaian parents.
  5. Dec 13, 2017
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    lostcanadian New Member

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    As a Canadian who is soon to be married to a Yorkshire lass.. I'm trying desperately to get into football (more to impress the brothers).

    Can someone give some insight as to what it means to be "invited to train?" I assume the team is going to kick his tires but what are the potential outcomes?

    And any guesses (historically) to how many move on from the invitation to climbing the ladder to make the team?

    Thanks for any insight... What are the chances I'll end up having to buy a Man Utd kit?
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    KM I’m afraid I just blue myself Staff

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    Hah. First of all, best of luck for your marriage, you sure seem to be taking an effort!

    Secondly, loads and loads of youngsters are invited to train to OT every year. If they impress the coaching staff, then they are usually given a contract.
    Historically I think only one from around 60-70 youngsters(including trainees) make the grade to senior team. However this is a different case, as the player is already an international footballer with Canada, so his chances of getting a contract should be higher than the other cases.
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    Ballache Full Member

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    We usually invite talented youngsters to come in and train at the club for a closer look. It's basically a trial.
    We invite a lot of youngsters, don't really know how many we actually end up signing though.
    As for the United kit, she's from Yorkshire so I would find out who the brothers support first :lol:
    If they support Leeds the United kit wouldn't go down well.
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    NoPace Full Member

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    Definitely has excellent pace over longer/middle distances. That might be understating it. Finished his chances well at the Gold Cup. Not technically as good as Scott Arfield (his teammate in midfield) was to give a Prem comparison, but he was 16 years old and Arfield is actually very clever and reliable on the ball as he's shown since replacing the injured Brady at Burnley the last few weeks.
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    Varun Moderator Staff

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    Is she fit?
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    VancouverUtdFan New Member

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    He’s a speed merchant. Been following him here for a number of years now and seen him play a handful of local tournaments prior to him joining the Whitecaps as the youngest ever MLS player. The brightest young talent Canada has produced to date.

    Don’t know if he’ll translate to much in all honesty just because of the gap between being a Canadian player and not having that same quality as European players get. He can get up the pitch in a flash and is quite dynamic. Technically he isn’t extraordinary but is effective. If anything he’ll have to really work on his consistency. Great to see a local boy ‘make it’. Everyone’s rooting for him here and let’s see how far he goes!
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    limerickcitykid There once was a kid from Toronto...

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    Invitation been turned down by Whitecaps and he won't be coming.
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    Ali Dia Full Member

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    Very short thread so!
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    limerickcitykid There once was a kid from Toronto...

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    Meant to be close to a $12m transfer to Bayern Munich.
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    Keeps It tidy Hates Messi

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    He is a left footed winger which Bayern need but, he is probably far away from being able to contribute at a side like Bayern. And does not turn 18 until November so will not be able to join Bayern until January.
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    limerickcitykid There once was a kid from Toronto...

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    The talk is of signing now and just training until November or maybe staying on loan at the Whitecaps until the end of the MLS season. Although just seen a different report that Vancouver want more than the $12m and Bayern aren't willing to go higher. We shall see.

    He'd likely go on loan at some point if he does join. Probably just train with them and play some Bayern II games with the odd first team game and go on loan next season maybe.
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    Bastian Full Member

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    That team has a pretty terrible name.
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    He's scary quick and incredibly strong for his age and is good technically. If he has another level to go up (difficult to tell against MLS sides), he could be a star. It's a shame Vancouver will lose him, but it's inevitable. He's a great person, by all accounts. His speech in support of the North America World Cup bid was so mature and assured. His family fled Liberia, and he was born in a refugee camp in Ghana and ended up in Canada (Edmonton). It's incredible that he's still only seventeen yet he's been playing for two years for the 'Caps and has played (and scored) for his country too.
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    SwansonsTache incontinent sexual deviant & German sausage lover

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    Shame he isn't a RW.

    Must be some sort of rule against being a RW these days, fecking LW's the lot of them.
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    Keeps It tidy Hates Messi

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    I like their team name more than all the MLS teams that go by "United" or Real Salt Lake.
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    Vanrouge Full Member

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    Was he referring to the Whitecaps? If so, I don't see what's wrong with the name. It works for me!
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    Bastian Full Member

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    Yeah, I was. Maybe I'm overly sensitive. It's a bird right? Anyhow, I won't derail the talk of this player I know nothing about any further.
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    I'm not surprised that Davies has been linked to Bayern. They seem to have been keeping an eye on the U.S. and Canada for any talented young players there. There have been multiple reports of Bayern scouting a bunch of different young Americans in the U.S.

    At this time, Davies is still quite raw. At the MLS, it works, but he might need to eventually take that step into Europe to develop his game further. It didn't do Pulisic any harm when he moved to Dortmund at a young age. Moving to Bayern, however, is a different story, but I guess it all depends on Davies and his attitude.
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    limerickcitykid There once was a kid from Toronto...

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    A bird? What? It refers to the mountains and the waves of the ocean. It's a great team name.
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    Tarrou Full Member

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    why would his club agree to let him train with us? Isn't he under contract?
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    MrPooni Full Member

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    They turned the invitation down anyway.
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    Rozay Master of Hindsight

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    It’s simply that the game has changed over the years to where wingers primary job isn’t to cross into the box, but to score goals, so they play on the opposite side to allow them to shoot from a better angle.

    There were always more right footed wingers/players than left, but in the past, right-footed players primarily played on the right. I grew up with the age-old debate of ‘who are England going to play on the left?’. That question even allowed Steve Guppy to get a game or two for England on the basis that he was left-footed, whereas if it were today, England would have just put Steve McManaman on the left and been done with it.

    If we want a right-winger we need to find a left-footer, which are more rare.
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    limerickcitykid There once was a kid from Toronto...

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    Tbf Alphonso is left footed.
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    Rozay Master of Hindsight

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    And he’s a LW? Rare in today’s game.
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    This exactly. And it goes back a ways too. Vancouver's team in the old NASL of the seventies were also called the Whitecaps. I love the name.
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    A move to Bayern this early in his career would be a BIG mistake. Bayern are not much of a developing club and are not the right club for a kid as young as Davies. He is very talented indeed and I do think he should move to Europe if not now then next year for sure but to a league where he can develop his ability. Playing in Holland or Portugal would be the “smart” career choice. Hoping he does not make this move I am an avid watcher of MLS and he has blistering pace is very technical and strong as well for a 17 year old. He does not have much of a shot on him ( though he scored a screamer a week or so ago) but he can get passed 2 or 3 players with relative ease.
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    Signed him for United on my Fifa career mode not long ago. Same happened with Bailly - I signed him on Fifa and he came in real life. Anyone else I should get on Fifa?
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    Now at Bayern, and can play in the first team in 2019.

    Be interesting to see if he can fulfil his promise