Date: 22nd April 2009 at 7:02pm
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With work piling up, I have found it hard to find the time to continue my articles on our starting 11.

Gladly, though, a window has opened up and I will spend it wisely, informing you guys on how I feel about our Welsh winger, Simon Davies.

By the time January 2006 had come round, Simon’s career seemed to have taken a somewhat downward spiral. Touted as the next big thing in his early years at Spurs, but then shifted onto Everton’s backs not long afterwards. It didn’t get any better or Davies though as he failed to impress at Goodison, and was deemed surplus to requirements. That’s when things finally turned out quite well for our winger, with his move to the Thames completed.

As I reach a mid-point in my team analysis, I am finding ‘unsung hero’ to be quite a common phrase, and, unfortunately, it looks as though I may be forced to use it once again. It is fair for me to say that it is not particularly regular for our former Peterborough right midfielder to be singled out for praise. You don’t hear Roy throwing superlatives at him, and you certainly don’t hear the media hailing his role in the team. Yet, I see him as one of the most consistent and hard working members of our side. Still though, not a whisper of positive accolade is heard about the lad.

Technically, he is a good player, not the best, but good. He offers a pin-point cross, a fair bit of pace and a little bit of flair when it is duly needed. Mentally, he is a superb player. Always up for the ball, always running, looking for space. He carries with him a work rate that you rarely find in wingers now-a-days. Davies is one of a dying breed.

However, the same positive comments, could also reflect negatively on him. Is there a reason why the likes of Man Utd and Arsenal have flairy nippets on the wing, whilst we stick with a good old fashioned ‘hard grafter’? Of course there is! And, that, ladies and gentlemen, leads to another question which must be answered.

Should we stick with Davies, or bring in someone new?


14 Replies to “The Team; Simon Davies”

  • He’s not spectacular, but one of the more consistent we have. He never sets the game alight, but he never disappears either. Don’t know what the cards hold for him. I wouldn’t be disappointed to see him on the pitch again next season. Though, he may be impacted by what Hodgson decides to do with Dempsey, our atypical left winger.

  • I was really excited when we signed him but I felt he struggled initially. Has been superb over the last two years though. With Dempseys improved all round game, I think if Roy buys a left winger, Davies will be the one to drop to the bench.

  • player of the season last year,he has had a good season this year too,,so i would like to keep him,but what happens in the future for him is hard to say, i think will depend who roy brings in

  • I am Davies biggest fan, his fitness levels are impressive, when was the last time you can remember him being injured? He works hard but has that little bit of extra skill to be able to create openings for us. He was deservedly the player of the season last year and has continued to be consistently good all this year too. I don’t think he should be replaced and we should stick with him. Also remember his comments last year when it looked like we were going to get relegated, he came out in the media and said that the players owed it to the club to stay and fight to get back into the premier league rather than look to get a transfer. That speaks volumes for the type of bloke he is. The kind of guy you want in your team.

  • he is solid going forward and a character guy… i feel like sometimes he can be a bit lazy defending. but i would feel fine moving forward with dempsey and davies on the wings…

  • just had a thought. pantsil gets forward quite often… konch gets forward, but not nearly as often it seems to me. i wonder if davies got dropped and dempsey pushed to the right, how he’s interact with pantsil coming forward so frequently… food for thought…

  • Davies is a top player, consistently good. But if you asked any Fulham fan, I don’t think they would single him out and say he is one of our best, despite his top performances….

  • Yeah, perhaps bring in a replacement, but give him a more rotational role. All depends on Deuce really!

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