16yr old kid in the MLS - Alphonso Davies

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Anyone seen much of Alphonso Davies, a 16yr old Canadian kid who plays for the Whitecaps in the MLS..? For a 16 year old he certainly seems to have power, pace and some skills. Although he plays in the MLS, one could still see he has some quality, considering he's playing against men and still stands out.

Wouldn't be a bad player for the future and one to keep an eye on I think.
 

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Anyone seen much of Alphonso Davies, a 16yr old Canadian kid who plays for the Whitecaps in the MLS..? For a 16 year old he certainly seems to have power, pace and some skills. Although he plays in the MLS, one could still see he has some quality, considering he's playing against men and still stands out.

Wouldn't be a bad player for the future and one to keep an eye on I think.
Well, i lived in Vancouver till recently. Can report I've never heard of him.
 

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I'm in Toronto but have seen a few Vancouver MLS games and he looks to be the real deal. He is definitely one to watch for the future. Even though he plays in a lesser league, he is doing things at age 16 against grown men that show a skill set far beyond his age.

He has a great story behind him too. He was born in a Refugee camp after his parents escaped Liberia and they eventually made their way to Canada when he was 4 or 5.

He definitely has a chance to make it at the highest level if he keeps developing the way he has.
 

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I watch a lot of MLS. He looks the real deal to me. Can't see him jumping ship to a European Academy just to ride the bench though, and he's obviously not ready for the Prem or any other top league. One to keep an eye on, but I think the MLS will want to hold onto him for a few more years at least.
 
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Live in Vancouver and have been to a good number of Whitecaps games and see a lot of MLS football. Can confirm this kid is the real deal and a very exciting prospect considering his young age. A lot of pace and an eye for goal as well as a good work ethic. Has caught the eye in more than just one or two of his appearances but the majority.

Carl Robinson and the management really are being careful not to let it be too much too soon and are limiting his appearances. To be fair he should be a regular starter based on performances but they are taking it slow which is good to see.

MLS is probably equivalent to Championship level of football so it can often be difficult to assess how good a young kid really is however if he continues on this path he will play in a better league for sure.
 

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I too immediately thought of Freddy Adu.

If Adu is anything to go by, I think we can wait a while and observe him. He's only 16. Then in about 3 years time, we can maybe sign up, when he is 16.
 

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I've seen this kid play, off and on, since he got into the Vancouver Whitecaps team. He's going to be good. Very good. He's lightning fast and although his game is still pretty raw he's starting to show the end product (crosses and finishing) to go with his raw talent. He's also apparently got a good head on his shoulders and the right attitude.

Bayern have got a bargain and a tailor-made replacement for their ageing wingers.
 

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He's big, quick, skilled & unselfish.
He's been in & around the first team since he was 15.

The numbers I heard were $12M rising to $22M with add ons.
Bayern does good business with their scouting & buying them early.
 

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I too immediately thought of Freddy Adu.

If Adu is anything to go by, I think we can wait a while and observe him. He's only 16. Then in about 3 years time, we can maybe sign up, when he is 16.
Maybe it's just me, but it seems pretty absurd to assume he's Freddy Adu just because he's an African immigrant to North America. Why can't he be one of the dozens (hundreds) of African immigrants who become very good or world class players in their new country?
 

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Maybe it's just me, but it seems pretty absurd to assume he's Freddy Adu just because he's an African immigrant to North America. Why can't he be one of the dozens (hundreds) of African immigrants who become very good or world class players in their new country?
Hand on heart, I didn't even know Davies was an African immigrant. I didn't know what race he was.

The connection was his age and that he plays in North America and the fact that Adu was seemingly 16 for about 3 years according to lots of bad reporting becoming a topic of humour.

Race never came into this.
 

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Saw some highlights from the weekend - definitely looks a talent, clearly far too good for MLS. Interesting to see how he does in a better league.
 
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