Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic say Alphonso Davies has the potential to be a huge success at the Allianz Arena.The 18-year-old became the most expensive transfer in Major League Soccer history when he joined Bayern for $13.5 million (€11.5m/£10m) in July.The Bavarian giants are believed to have beaten a number of rivals to land the highly rated teenager including Real Madrid and Manchester United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Having spent the remainder for the 2018 MLS season with Vancouver, Davies linked up for training with the Bayern first-team squad in November before officially joining the Bundesliga champions on January 1.The Canada international will now travel to Doha to join up with the squad on their warm-weather training camp.Bayern boss Niko Kovac has already confirmed that the winger, who only turned 18 in November, will be in contention for a first-team place when the Bundesliga resumes after the winter break.He is held in equally high regard by the Bayern hierarchy, with both Hoeness and Salihamidzic talking up the teenager’s potential.”I have never seen him play. But I’ve heard he will be a bomb. That’s where I trust my sporting director [Salihamidzic],” Hoeness told Bild.Salihamidzic added: “He is a great talent. Alphonso is a super boy, a super character. He is hungry and wants to show what he can do.“We will take care of Alphonso, and not build hype around him. It is very important that he can quietly establish himself and get used to the Bundesliga. If we give him enough time, he has a lot of potential to do a great job here.”Davies made his professional debut for the Whitecaps at the age of just 15 and went on to make 65 appearances for the club, scoring eight goals.He made his international debut for Canada against Curacao in June 2017 at the age of 16.Later that summer he was included in the Canada squad Concacaf Gold Cup, going on to be the tournament’s top scorer, win the Young Player of the Tournament award and be named in the tournament’s Best XI.
Scotland’s public services have only been able to emerge from the collapse in North Sea oil prices because of the UK’s “broad shoulders”, Theresa May has said. The Prime Minister said that the fall in oil prices and tax revenues shows how “crucial” the union is to Scotland’s future in an attack on plans for a second independence referendumShe accused the SNP of allowing the richest to “flourish with ease” and “flout the rules with impunity” while the majority of families are left feeling like “the wind is against them”. She added that Scotland is well placed to exploit the opportunities of Brexit: “As we strike that deal, we have an exciting chance to forge a new role in the world. Scotland’s status will not be diminished by that; it will be enhanced.”We will go out into the world with the aim of being a leader in global free trade, one that makes the most of our advantages, from the financial expertise of Edinburgh to the shipbuilding prowess of the Clyde and the globally renowned food and drink produce of Scotland’s countryside.”She said that as the second party in Scotland the conservatives will hold the SNP to account as she praised Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, as a “real shining light” in British politics.She said: “The focus at our conference will not just be on striking a better deal with the rest of the world as we strengthen our own union here at home. It will be on getting a better deal for people in the UK. “Because the EU referendum also exposed an underlying sense that people felt they have been ignored by politicians, at Westminster and Holyrood, for too long.”These are the people who get up early, put in the hours, play by the rules, yet still feel like the wind is against them. “They’re getting by – but only just. Meanwhile, those at the top seem to flourish with ease, and often flout the rules with impunity.”That feeling is as strong in Scotland as it is anywhere else in the UK, and after nine years as the establishment party in Scotland, the SNP needs to accept its share of responsibility.” She insisted that she will strike a Brexit deal that will “enhance” Scotland’s place in the world rather than diminish it.She said on Facebook: “It has become even clearer in recent months that the union which really matters to Scotland’s future is its union with England, Wales and Northern Ireland, our centuries-long ties of people, trade, history, culture and values. “The fall in oil prices demonstrates just how crucial that relationship is financially: Scotland was able to weather that downturn because of the UK’s broad shoulders.”Tax revenues from the North Sea collapsed, but funding for Scottish public services remained unscathed. That is how our union works: we share each other’s successes when times are good, and shoulder each other’s burdens when times are tough.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Commuters and football fans should have their blood pressure tested at train stations and stadiums, the British Heart Foundation has suggested. The leading charity has called on health services to provide free-to-use machines at train stations, supermarkets and football grounds across the country. It comes as new research suggests improved diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure could prevent 11,500 heart attacks, strokes and other cases of heart and circulatory disease every year .The treatment of blood pressure – which affects nearly 30 per cent of adults in the UK – has been highlighted as the ‘next frontier’ in reducing deaths related to these issues, a spokesman for the British Heart Foundation said. England falls behind the standards of other western countries, such as the United States, Canada and Sweden in terms of early detection of high blood pressure, according to the charity.Making the call yesterday, Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the British Heart Foundation, said the move was crucial for effective treatment of those suffering from high blood pressure.“It is key that high blood pressure is detected out in the community, and not just in GP surgeries. This means making sure that people can have their blood pressure checked in train stations, supermarkets and even football grounds. The more convenient it becomes, the more likely it is people will be diagnosed and treated,” he said. The charity calculated the figure of 11,500 by projecting Canada’s rates for diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure on to UK statistics. Prevention rates in Canada improved dramatically in the 1990s after the introduction of volunteer-led blood pressure checks in the community as well as in pharmacies. Diagnosis rates for people with high blood pressure in Canada jumped from 13 per cent in the 1980s to 57 per cent today, in part thanks to the programme. In the UK, this rate stands at 34 per cent. The programme was also associated with a nine per cent reduction in hospital admissions for stroke, heart attack and heart failure among people aged under 65, compared to communities that did not implement the tests. In September, the British Heart Foundation announced £1.5m of funding for pop-up blood pressure check points in public places to pioneer the community-based approach. They now hope it will eventually be adopted at a national level.