2017/18 Season Review - Steven Davis
Wednesday, 6th Jun 2018 09:20
Steven Davis could perhaps lay claim to be one of Saints best ever signings when considering value for money, but is his Saints career coming to a natural end ?
When Steven Davis arrived from Glasgow Rangers in the summer of 2012 on what was initially a free transfer from Glasgow Rangers due to their financial issues but was later changed to a fee that was rumoured to be around £700,000 no one could have perhaps guessed the impact that he would have on the club.
But with 159 Premier League starts plus another 31 as sub to his name it looks like the coming season might well be his last as he approaches his 34th birthday in January.
In his six seasons for the club he has given sterling service, but this last season has been perhaps his least productive in terms of appearances, he still managed 17 Premier League starts plus 6 as sub, sadly the 15 games he missed through injury stopping him hitting the 200 mark in this season at least.
He would play little part after January, his only appearance since the home defeat to Liverpool in the first week of February, when he played 10 minutes as sub, being half an hour in the draw at Leicester.
In many respects Davis was the only real leader we had in the squad and although things weren't great in terms of performances before his injury, we lost something in terms of leadership that we never quite regained till the final fortnight of the season.
The 10 games he missed at the tail end of the season saw 5 defeats, 3 draws and only 2 wins.
Never a prolific scorer, although he did score on his debut, but this season he did manage 3 goals in the Premier League, the first away at Palace, the second in a draw at Brighton gained three points for the club that without those two goals they might not have got and both mattered greatly come the end of the season, his third and final goal of the season being the final goal in the 4-1 defeat of Everton.
So what does the future hold for Steven Davis, it cannot be denied that his fitness levels and stamina are not up to his previous levels, hence a penchant for picking up niggling injuries these days, however he does have a role to play next season.
He needs to be part of Mark Hughes plans to bring back order, discipline, motivation and desire to the squad, Davis can be a part of that off the pitch as well as on it, perhaps his days in the starting line up are numbered, but he will be a good man to come off the bench to close off games and keep the side tight and disciplined.
Perhaps I am being a little harsh in almost writing him off, I don't mean to be I have utmost respect for him, but sadly age catches up on all of us.
Having amassed the aforementioned 190 Premier League appearances for the club and added to that another 30 in Cup competitions including the Europa League, Steven Davis can truly be counted amongst this football club's legend's and there aren't many player in the top flight these days who manage 6 seasons at a club and 220 games for it.
Indeed in the last 40 years only 27 players have played more games than Steven Davis for this club and if he can play a decent part next season he could overtake around 8 of those including names like Peter Shilton, Alan Ball, Steve Moran, Rickie Lambert, James Beattie and Ken Monkou, that would be a fitting way to end his playing career with the club.
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