A more suitable Davies for England?

Posted by on Oct 15, 2010 in Uncategorized | One Comment

Hands up how many people had forgotten Curtis Davies was still at Aston Villa? Given his comments in this interview from 2006 whereby he revealed no love of golf, one wonders what he’s been doing with his time these past few years?

Given recent events, it’s a piece that makes one feel for the man. The discussion of fitness is sad given his subsequent fortunes – just 49 appearances for the Villans since joining them on loan prior to a permanent deal in 2007 – although his respect for the PFA will have stood him in solid stead. He’s also not the worst ex-Luton and West Bromwich Albion central defender currently in circulation.
But Davies certainly looked the part a few years back. He was the brightest performer of all in West Brom’s relegation season of 2005-6, a cruel demotion illustrative of a first bout of Pompey megaspending. But then, there was a messy divorce from the Hawthorns and two failed transfer requests: severely provoking ire from Baggies’ fans.
Early days at the Villa were good, even if he insulted pub team players everywhere after his maiden start, and Zat Knight was relegated to the benches (as he jolly well ought to have been). But, a joint one would expect to be less commonly afflicted by football injury – the shoulder – continued to prove troublesomely problematical and the recruitment of James Collins and Richard Dunne shifted Becks’ fellow Leyonstonian down the claret and blue pecking order.
Now he’s at Leicester, hoping to rekindle the attention of Fabio. If joining the ranks of Football League England stars is unlikely for now, he must be a candidate for the English version of TheSeventyTwo‘s Red Rose Select XI.
Rob Langham
Rob Langham is co-founder of the defiantly non-partisan football league blog, The Two Unfortunates, a website that occasionally strays into covering issues of wider importance. He's 50 and lives in Oxford while retaining his boyhood support of Reading FC. He tweets as @twounfortunates and has written for a number of websites and publications including The Inside Left, When Saturday Comes, In Bed with Maradona, Futbolgrad and The Blizzard as well as being nominated for the Football Supporters' Federation Blogger of the Year Award in 2013.

1 Comment

  1. Jack McInroy II
    October 16, 2010

    The fact that Arsene Wenger was always after him seemed to bode well, but then again Wenger's talent-spotting ability rarely extends to English youngsters.


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