Is Alphonso Davies (pictured) the long-term successor to Arjen Robben at Bayern Munich? - © © imago
Is Alphonso Davies (pictured) the long-term successor to Arjen Robben at Bayern Munich? - © © imago

"Alphonso Davies plays like Arjen Robben, and will deliver at Bayern Munich!" - Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic

Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic has offered some insight into what fans can expect from Alphonso Davies when he officially joins Bayern Munich in January 2019, comparing the Canadian prodigy to Arjen Robben.

Robben - some 17 years Davies' junior - has been at Bayern since summer 2009 and is widely regarded as one of the greatest wingers of all time.

"Alphonso is the fastest player in the MLS - his pace is devastating," Marinovic told German publication BILD. "He's strong on the ball and unpredictable for opposition defenders. He's always looking to get forward. As a player, he's a bit like Robben. He's an exciting player with so much potential and will only get better. I'm sure he'll deliver at Bayern!"

As well as the ability, Marinovic believes Davies - an MLS debutant at 15 - has the right mentality to succeed in the Bundesliga.

"Obviously the Bundesliga's a massive step, but he's ready to learn" the New Zealander said. "He's down-to-earth, not arrogant on the pitch. You can have a lot of fun with him in the dressing room. He's cheerful, a funny guy. Loud, but in a good way."

Marinovic, who started his professional career in Germany with Wehen Wiesbaden before spells in and around Munich with Ismaning, the 1860 reserves and Unterhaching, also expects life in the Bavarian capital to be to Davies' liking.

"I don't know what he'll make of pork knuckle and white sausage, but Munich is comparable to Vancouver,” Marinovic explained. "He better get his Lederhosen ready, and I'll be telling him to head to the Englischer Garten with some friends for a swim. He's going to like Munich a lot!"

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