Bayern Munich teenager Alphonso Davies is the club’s fastest player and could make an impact as a left-back this season, according to Lothar Matthaus.
Davies, 18, joined Bayern from MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps as a winger, but Matthaus thinks his speed could see him flourish at full-back.
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- Bayern’s first-choice left-back David Alaba has made 346 appearances for the club.
- Alaba was linked with Barcelona this summer but Bayern didn’t have a ready-made replacement.
- Matthaus believes Davies could provide competition at left-back despite joining as a winger.
- Davies’ two goals for Bayern have come during games in which he has played at full-back.
- The 18-year-old is Bayern’s “fastest player”, according to Matthaus.
The teenager scored his second goal for Bayern against Tottenham Hotspur in the Audi Cup last month, getting forward from left-back to find the net.
And Matthaus, who won seven Bundesliga titles with Bayern, believes Davies’ future may be in defence.
“I think it (switching roles) is good,” Matthaus said. “I used to do the same with players when I was a coach to teach them how to play defence. He has to learn how to play in defence, and this is good training for him.
“Sure, he makes two, three mistakes in defence, but he will learn from it and they will push him to have another option at left-back.”
He added: “Niko Kovac knows that Davies is not a left-back and that he prefers the left-wing position, like Kingsley Coman.
“When Coman has a problem, Davies plays on that position further up and he is very good. Sure, he has to improve his passing, but he is only 18 years old.
“I think he is the fastest player at Bayern at the moment.”