The future could hardly be brighter for Bayern's Alphonso Davies according to Paul Stalteri. - © DFL
The future could hardly be brighter for Bayern's Alphonso Davies according to Paul Stalteri. - © DFL
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Alphonso Davies is ahead of Jonathan David says Paul Stalteri

Bayern Munich youngster Alphonso Davies is Canada's best player according to their record appearance maker Paul Stalteri, and is in the right place to keep getting better.

Davies has not so much hit the ground running as sprinting since swapping Vancouver Whitecaps for Bayern in January 2018, with Kingsley Coman recently admitting that the 19-year-old can beat him in a race.

"If it's speed in slaloms or turning I think I'm a little faster, but in a straight line it's him," he told pan-European sports channel Eurosport.

Davies has shown plenty of inspiration to match the perspiration this season, too. Signed as a left winger, he has made Bayern's left-back spot his own with one goal, four assists and eight clean sheets coming from his 21 appearances, of which 17 have been starts.

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Stalteri, a rather different brand of full-back who nonetheless won the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen in 2004 before leaving for Tottenham Hotspur in 2005, has coached Davies as part of Canada's youth set-up since the Bayern man was 14.

"We're very proud of him," he told SportBild. "He's Canada's biggest footballer at the moment. My 11-year-old son Leandro is a big fan of Davies and received a shirt from him a few years ago. He likes to wear that to school or to play in the garden.

"Jonathan David [the 20-year-old striker at Gent in Belgium] is also a beacon of hope. He's a great striker. Alphonso's one step ahead. I'm sure that Jonathan will soon land in a major club in one of the top leagues in Europe. He would also fit well in the Bundesliga."

Davies has scored five goals in 17 international outings with the senior Canada national team - quite the return when considering that he has also lined up at left-back for them. Stalteri would like to see him further forward alongside David in the future.

Stalteri thinks that Davies (No.12) should be playing in attack alongside Jonathan David (No.10) for Canada. - FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

"With his outstanding ball control, he can always go one on one," he continued. "Even as a boy he was extremely dangerous in front of goal. In Canada, he was mostly a left-winger but he could also play right up front. We also need him in attack in the national team.

"I am very relieved that things are going so well for him at Bayern. When he moved I had doubts about how many minutes he'd get but I was certain that Germany was the best country for Alphonso's career."

With more than 1,600 minutes under his belt, Davies is on the fast-track - whether in attack or defence - to succeed and one day exceed Stalteri as a Bundesliga champion and future Canada legend.