Bear with, another TikTok ramble is here (though I don’t intend on making them regular features, I promise).
Ramble of the Day
A few weeks ago, I argued that if you aren’t very deeply in tune with the art of the TikTok, it’s probably best to avoid making TikToks altogether. Today, I bring it up because Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies belongs on TikTok.
Bayern Munich's Alphonso Davies giving an excellent rendition of Jake Peralta's version of 'Backstreet Boys - I Want It That Way' ( @hackedbyfipsi) pic.twitter.com/prfpOM9Pbi— Get German Football News (@GGFN_) February 3, 2020
Reenacting a scene from Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Davies clearly demonstrates some of the simple things a TikTok needs: an entertaining concept and strong production value. Maybe it is effortless for him, but he clearly thought this out — from the camera angles to the outfits, the work appears meticulous. He also picked great subject material — a scene from a show that appeals to multiple generations featuring a song that’s definitely for people who are too old for TikTok. (That’s not even to mention that it would be interesting to several people who don’t watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine or know the Backstreet Boys.)
His other TikToks are the same, though thematically and visually a bit more specific to TikTok in terms of taste. Regardless, Davies demonstrates an innate understanding of TikTok and what works — he’s not football’s first exciting youth prospect, but he might be football’s first great TikTok maker.
To Tottenham and other teams interested in having TikTok accounts - take some notes.
tl;dr: Bayern’s Alphonso Davies is (probably) football’s first great TikTok maker.
Links of the Day
Two West Ham fans were arrested for making homophobic gestures towards Brighton fans over the weekend.
Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic suffered an injury setback during training last week.
Today’s longer read: Paul MacInnes interviews Giovani Lo Celso on adjusting to life in England and wanting to create his own legacy at Tottenham for The Guardian