Joshua Kloke OneSoccer Hangout: Is Alphonso Davies the best CanMNT player of all-time?

The OneSoccer crew was joined by The Athletic’s Joshua Kloke on Tuesday’s daily Hangout show.

Kloke broke down Alphonso Davies’ performance for Bayern Munich earlier in the day with OneSoccer hosts Oliver Platt and Adam Jenkins. Bayern beat Borussia Dortmund 1-0 to take another step towards the German Bundesliga title.

Davies’ recent efforts for Bayern have gone viral, as the Canadian men’s team star receives plaudits from football observers around the world tuning into the only top European club competition currently playing matches.

“It was a classic Alphonso Davies performance built on speed on both ends,” Kloke offered. “But defensively, he showed exactly what he is made of.

“I counted up 3-0 on Erling Håland who is one of the greatest attackers in Europe right now.

“If you were following along, everyone wants to talk about his pace. If you can use it defensively, things change immensely. He can do it a much more aggressive way.”

Davies, who was recently linked to Real Madrid, has sparked a conversation over whether he is greatest national team player Canada has ever boasted.

OneSoccer debated the claim, with Kloke defending the 19-year-old Davies.

“I don’t think it’s an outlandish idea at all,” Kloke said.

“We’re seeing a whole new crop of Canadian player emerge (and) break onto the world stage and ask legitimate questions about qualifying for a World Cup.

“On talent alone, we have never seen a Canadian perform at the top tier for as long as he has… and he’s done it less than a year.”

Before concluding, Jenkins, Platt, and Kloke discussed Davies’ best role for Canada – especially as the “world’s best left fullback” tag continues to swirl around him.

“I think you have to play your best players where they are most dangerous,” Kloke said.

“John Herdman has one of the few genuine game-breakers in Concacaf right now. I think he should be used as a winger.”

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