Alphonso Davies stole the show against Chelsea for Bayern Munich on Tuesday in the Champions League.
Serge Gnabry may have scored a brace against the Blues, but it was the 19-year-old winger-turned-left-back that Robert Lewandowski pushed back towards the Bavarians’ travelling support as they applauded him for his display.
The first Canadian to ever play for the Bundesliga champions, he has put his country on the footballing map.
He is not the only one of his compatriots to be impressing in Europe, though. Jonathan David has been in stunning form so far this campaign, having scored 18 goals in 25 matches in all competitions for Gent in Belgium, whilst also providing eight assists.
For his country, too, he has been a shining light, scoring 11 goals in 12 caps so far. That has caught the attention of plenty of top clubs across the continent, including Everton. According to Jeunes Footeux, the Toffees are one of seven clubs who have taken an interest in the attacking midfielder.
But what do those in the know say about him?
Here, we look at three rave reviews.
Manuel Veth is a well-known journalist in Germany, who primarily covers Bundesliga football, primarily, for Forbes, whilst he is also Transfermarkt’s area manager for the US. Clearly with an expertise in north-American football in general, he wrote for the financial outlet that many interested clubs can see him following in the footsteps of one youngster already making waves across Europe, per Forbes:
“Many clubs see in David the next Erling Haaland. Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg this winter and has continued his stellar goalscoring record at the Black and Yellows—the Norwegian has managed nine goals in his first six Bundesliga games, which is a new record.”
That is a big comparison to make. As Veth says, Haaland has taken the Bundesliga by storm since his switch to Die Schwarzgelben, and his tally for the campaign stands at 40 goals in 30 matches in all competitions. If David even did half as well as the Norway international, he would be playing at a high standard.
Gabilondo is a respected journalist at one of Spain’s biggest outlets, whilst he also commentates on matches for Movistar. Writing for the newspaper’s website in a profile about the Canada international, he explained, per AS:
“Many see him as one of the young stars set to take Canadian football to the next level in the coming years, alongside Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davis and Cyle Larin, who also currently plays in the Belgian league with Zulte Waregem.”
It is a positive time to be a Canadian football fan right now. Davies, of course, is the name that stands out considering he is with one of the planet’s great powerhouses, but the performances of David and Larin, who has nine goals and 11 assists in all competitions this term, indicate a brighter future for the Canucks.
The interest from around Europe has brought the player’s representative to the forefront of the rhetoric surrounding the youngster – it is his job to get the best possible deal for his client. Speaking to Belgian publication Het Laatste Nieuws, he said:
“Without a doubt: Jonathan is ready for the next step. Gent has boosted his career, the club did a lot for him. I understand that they would like to keep him longer, but Jonathan wants to go ahead.”
Whilst Gent may have given him the chance to make his first steps on this side of the Atlantic Ocean, there is only so far he can go with the Belgian side. It appears he is already outgrowing the country’s football – if he wants to make a real name for himself, he will need to move on.