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Player Review 13/14 - Kelvin Davis
Player Review 13/14 - Kelvin Davis
Wednesday, 14th May 2014 08:49

Kelvin was mainly restricted to playing in the cups this season, however he provided valuable cover and experience.

It surprised me when I checked the stats for this review that Kelvin only played two Premier League games, the defeat at Everton and the following home loss to Chelsea, although he conceded five goals in those games, he didn't let anyone down.

In the cups it was different, he played in every cup game, which is strange in that clearly kelvin was considered the number 3 keeper, yet he played in the cups whilst Paulo Gazzaniga did not get the chance to gain valuable experience and some wonder why he struggled when called upon, perhaps here we have the answer.

Kelvin has been a good servant for this club, he has played 261(1) league games for it since joining in 2006 and when you add up all the cup appearances he has turned out 293 times for us in total, sadly Im not sure he will make that magical 300.

I hope there is room for Kelvin at St Mary's whatever his failings sometimes as a keeper, he has been a good servant to the club and can rightly take his place in the history books as one of our longest serving players.

But I think this season is probabaly the end of the road for him as a keeper, to be blunt it should be in that we need to look at the back up for Artur Boruc, Paulo Gazzaniga is at the crossroads and needs to go out on loan for that experience and in truth we need a younger and better keeper to sit on the bench than Kelvin, someone who truly has that Premier experience than Kelvin lacks.

I dont mean this review to sound too negative, but in football sometimes its time to take things forward and sadly i think for Kelvin this is one of those times, his opportunities are now very limited he has had a long career he too needs to take the next step forward, as I said I would be delighted if he remains at the club.

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davepid added 21:46 - May 14
I like Kelvin . He was a great shot stopper , I always sensed he was always a team builder in his role as captain, he remained loyal when he could probably have taken offers to move club.
Leeds away in April 2012 was his greatest game by far. We should have lost 5-1 but won 1-0 after a series of incredible saves from him ( and some luck). One string of saves towards the end was utterly magnificent. The players rushed to him spontaneously at the end in a rare display of peer gratitude.
I will never understand why a pro, with dedicated coaches and all the time in the world could never learn to kick or learn how to control his box.
He had many qualities ,however. One perhaps seldom recognised was his ability to run the clock down when needed at the end of matches.
Thanks Kelvin

cheltenhamsaint added 17:41 - May 15
I agree that Davis has been a fine servant to the club both on and off the field, the latter as club captain where he conducted himself admirably when required. I also agree that it is probably time to end his playing days though I don't think he is out of contract now. He/we may be able to get an insurance agreement due to back problem restricting his availability which might be the honourable to do for both parties. I hope he continues, however, in some reduced capacity at the club.
Just a little query - didn't he have a season with Sunderland in the Premier League before we bought him? Had a "David Marshall" season if I remember - Sunderland were relegated conceding a record number of goals at that time yet Davis was voted Player of the Season for them? Could be wrong. My memory is not what it once was!

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