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Steven Davis Up For Sale - NOT.

Steven Davis Up For Sale - NOT.

The paper reports are suggesting that Steven Davis will be put up for sale in the summer. Davis has had a rougher season this year following the last term where he was a virtual ever present and won Villa's Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.

But you have to ask, does this from the Villa boss Martin O'Neill sound like he plans to sell the Northern Ireland international?

'Steven had a really good season last year. He's found it a bit more difficult this year, but I can see him roaring back next season and taking games by the scruff of the neck. Steven's preferred position is central midfield. He doesn't feel comfortable playing out wide. When you're playing 4-4-2, unless you've got a sitting midfielder who doesn't do anything, then it's difficult.'

'I played all my time for Nottingham Forest wide right but I really wanted to play in the centre. I'd have liked to have played centre all the time. That's where I played for Northern Ireland, but Clough said: 'I'm not going to be leaving out Archie Gemmill and that's the position where I feel you are best equipped to help the team.'

Adding on the official site: 'All the young players want to play in the side - it's the time of their lives when they want to enjoy it. I want to build up a squad where I have lots of choices. There's going to be a stage now when some of the younger players in the side, who are not playing regularly, will either have to battle to get into the side or say: 'I've battled as hard as I can and I'm still not in the team - I might look elsewhere.''

Hits the nail on the head when he says 'I want to build a squad'. Yes, get rid of some fringe players, get rid of players with less talent or of an age where they need to find pastures new, but no way will we or should be looking at selling prospects like Davis!

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday April 23 2007
Time: 4:40PM


Personally I think the last paragraph suggests he might well sell him. There's going to be a stage now when some of the younger players in the side, who are not playing regularly, will either have to battle to get into the side or say: 'I've battled as hard as I can and I'm still not in the team - I might look elsewhere.''
23/04/2007 16:46:00
just the first bit where he says he can see the player roaring back next season. The rest seems to say the only way the player will go is if he asks to go?
The Fear
23/04/2007 16:49:00
Guess its all down to Davo then, but I cant see him wanting to stay and have another season like this one.
23/04/2007 16:56:00
MON doesn`t rate him,he`s obviously whinged about playing wide and i don`t think he`s been played in his actual best position all season - he`s played in a 3 ( thought that would suit him but he looked poor ) or he`s played wide which will never work,MON seems to prefer Gardner which scares me.
23/04/2007 17:10:00
We can't hold on to all the midfielders we have. Berger, Barry, Young, Maloney, Osborne, Petrov, Gardner, McCann, Davis plus any other midfielder MON buys. Someone will get cheesed off!
23/04/2007 17:17:00
In my opinion Mccann will go, Berger will play a very limited bit part as will Osbourne. I think its all down to Davis whether he stays or not buyt I dont think MON will stand in his way.
23/04/2007 17:29:00
Don't understand the English transfer system at the best of times. But as I understand it, if he asks to go - he waves goodbye to a big wad of cash. His agent will be onto to him for sure, as he'll be on far less than Young, Barry & Petrov. He was our main man last season with Barry. Not sure he's rated by MON as he's turned to Gardner & Osbourne. As has been noted here, looks like he's moaned on about where he wants to play and Martin's told him where to go. In the past we would have backed down from this kind of thing. Personally, I think there's going to be a few good midfielders up for grabs this summer (Reo Coker, Sidwell, Parker and the Arsenal 3rds), so if he wants to go there's no point keeping an unhappy player.
23/04/2007 17:41:00
And.... we'll be sorted when the "The Twins" return from Burnley!
23/04/2007 17:48:00
only 18 months since he was strongly tipped as a possible Man U target, cant understand whats happened.
23/04/2007 18:54:00
i would be amazed if he let him go in summer.the guy is an immense talent whos sale would just come back to haunt us over and over again through the years.though ask yourselves one question-gardner or davis????? dont know how anyone can say gardner on what we have seen so far! surely o neill knows its play davis or lose him it is as simple as that and if we lose him we will lose one of our best youth talents in years.davis in 3 or 4 years time will be playing for a top team regardless whether its villa or not,mark my words.
Belfast Villain
23/04/2007 19:03:00
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