The 15-year-old winger has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting youngsters in MLS over recent months.
Vancouver Whitecaps youngster Alphonso Davies may only have two MLS starts under his belt, but the 15-year-old winger is reportedly already attracting interest from one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
According to The Province, Manchester United scout Jorge Alvial was in the stands at BC Place on Sunday night to see the tricky wide man in action against the Seattle Sounders, and he certainly would have come away impressed by what he saw.
Just 25 minutes into the match, the Edmonton native won a penalty after being brought down in the box by Sounders right-back Oniel Fisher following a determined run, allowing fellow midfielder Pedro Morales to give the hosts the lead from the spot.
He subsequently went on to record more shots than any other player on the night with four, while also serving up four crosses, making four dribbles and completing 20 of his 25 passes – three of which were long balls.
His encouraging display could not ultimately prevent Vancouver from slipping to a 2-1 defeat after goals from Osvaldo Alonso and Brad Evans saw them officially eliminated from playoff contention with two regular season games left, but head coach Carl Robinson was still quick to praise the academy graduate’s 90-minute showing following the final whistle.
“He was good to watch, wasn’t he? He really was,” Robinson told MLSSoccer.com. “He played very free. I think he got tired after an hour and then he started making some wrong decisions and things like that, but he was very enjoyable to watch.
“He caused all sorts of problems for a really good Seattle team. We know they’ve got quality. We knew it was going to be a tough game.”
Davies, who joined the Whitecaps’ academy in 2015, began the 2016 season playing with the club’s reserve side in the USL before making his first-team debut in early June, when he played 18 minutes in the first-leg of their Canadian Championship semi-final tie against the Ottawa Fury.
The Liberian-born prospect later signed a Homegrown contract until 2018 with options for 2019 and 2020 in July and has since made eight MLS appearances, becoming the second-youngest player to ever start in the league last month.
Internationally, the highly-rated attacker played for Canada’s Under-20 side in a friendly clash with England back in March, but the fact he only has permanent resident status in the country and not a passport means he cannot represented the Canucks in any official matches.
A move across the Atlantic is therefore unlikely until he turns 18, but The Province‘s report suggests he could be sold before then and immediately loaned back to the Whitecaps for the time being.
The Canadian club would likely demand that any potential deal for their star prospect include a hefty sell-on clause, but no bids are believed to have been submitted for him at this stage.