Davis Frustrated At lack Of Game Time
Monday, 10th Sep 2018 09:54
Steve Davis has admitted that he has spoken to Mark Hughes at his lack of match action for Saints this season, but sadly his place seems to be down the pecking order.
Steven Davis has every right to call himself a Saints legend, since his bargain arrival from Rangers in the summer of 2012, he has been prominent in not only securing Premier League survival in his first season but the subsequent top 10 finishes the club enjoyed up until last season.
Indeed it could be said that Saints collapse in form in the second half of the season coincided with Davis suffering injury problems and it cannot be argued that without Davis the team lacked leadership.
Having played 190 Premier league games for the club in his 6 seasons, plus another 31 in other competitions he certainly qualifies for a Southampton FC hall of fame based on appearances.
But sadly for Davis who will turn 34 on 1st January it looks like his time as a first team regular at St Mary's is over.
He has spoken to Southampton manager Mark Hughes about his lack of first-team action this season. Speaking ahead of Northern Ireland's game this week Davis said.
'It's quite open and we've had a chat,. 'I played in a cup game the other night and obviously it was good to get 90 minutes under the belt and I look forward to getting stuck into the games here as well.
'Ultimately it's frustration, as it is for any player who isn't playing. That's the aim every week when you go to training and get yourself ready to play on a Saturday. But things in football can change very quickly as well.
'Obviously I am coming off the back of the second half of last season where I was injured but the main focus during the summer and pre-season was getting myself right and fit. The body is feeling good and I am ready to go. I know what qualities are needed.'
Davis's only appearance has come in the Carabao Cup win over Brighton, with the Northern Ireland skipper only making the bench in two of the opening four Premier League games after recovering from a hamstring injury over the summer.
With a plethora of midfield talent now in front of him in the pecking order it is hard to see how he will get much of a look in this season apart from off the bench, it has to be said though, that none of his competitors for a midfield berth in the Saints team have his leadership qualities.
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