Bayern Munich's Alphonso Davies says the growing number of
North Americans plying their trade in the Bundesliga is a real inspiration and
motivating factor for players back in Canada and the USA.
Davies, 19, is the only Canadian playing professionally for
a Bundesliga club at present, but a not insignificant number of Americans have
burst onto the scene in Germany's top tier in recent years.
Christian Pulisic's emergence at Borussia Dortmund is seen
as the catalyst for the new wave of North American talent, which currently
includes Davies, US internationals Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig), Weston McKennie
(Schalke) and Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen), and teenaged prodigy Gio Reyna
"Christian Pulisic is a great player," Davies said
in an interview with Men In Blazers. "You see his path. I didn’t get the
chance to play against him when he was at Dortmund, and even with Chelsea he
was injured. I played against him for Canada against the US.
"With Tyler Adams, we played against each other in MLS,
we talk to each other. I just met Reyna this year. Seeing all these guys on
this side is eye-opening for North American players."
Davies officially made the switch to Bayern in January 2019,
shortly after turning 18. Despite enjoying a record-breaking stint with
Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer, the teenager admits the step up in
quality took some getting used to.