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Player Review  12/13 - Kelvin Davis
Player Review 12/13 - Kelvin Davis
Saturday, 25th May 2013 12:42

The first of our look at what sort of season that each individual player has had on our return to the Premiership and we start with Kelvin Davis.

Even the Saints supporters who dont rate Kelvin Davis that highly didnt begrudge him a chance back in the limelight as he approached his 36th birthday, however most hoped that it would be in a supporting role and that Saints would go out and get a keeper who was truly up to the task.

No offence to Kelvin but he was never going to be the man for the job, especially with the defence that he had in front of him, the summer should have seen some key players in defence purchased and a keeper, the reality was far from that and thus Kelvin found himself taking his place in goal for the opener at Man City, whilst he didnt exactly distinguish himself in those opening games, the aforementioed failure to strengthen the defence wasnt helping him and four straight defeats saw him concede 14 goals.

Taken out of the firing line he spend three months on the bench whilst Saints mainly played Paulo Gazzaniga, he returned to the side for four games in December and although he didnt let anyone down, it was clear in the draw at Stoke that Saints did need something more than Kelvin, a keeper who could dominate his box.

Out he went again and would feature only twice more, coming on as sub at half time in the home game against Chelsea and also featuring in the final home game to Stoke.

Perhaps this highlighted that Kelvin still has a part to play at the club, he is a good reliable lkeeper to have on the bench, but overall as was shownearly in the season, he has a few flaws in his game that mean he perhaps isnt the answer over a full season.

Overall I would say 6/10 for Kelvin, a good club man and a victim of the failure to strengthen the centre of defence last summer, if we had then perhaps he would have been better protected and would have played more than the 9(1) appearances that he did make.      

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ExiledSupporter added 19:55 - May 25
More or less fair review, Nick.

Good shot stopper generally, bit weak at his near post and poor at fielding crosses and dominating his area, erratic distribution. Never really felt his defenders had all that much confidence in him and he in them!

What can you say except not good enough in the Premier League.

He's always had these qualities/failings and there is no reason now at his age to expect much to change for the future

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