Date:Tuesday April 15 2008
Sean Davis came back in at the weekend for what was a rare start in recent months, and now he wants to stake his claim for an FA cup final place.
Sulley Muntari, Papa Bouba Diop and Lassana Diarra are all ahead of him in the queue but in all honesty and fairness Muntari and Diop for me probably would not get these places in midfield on merit at this point in time...
Muntari has shown flashed of brilliance this season but then he goes and makes the easy look impossible, its often from the sublime to the ridiculous with him - however I expect him to be much better next season, and far more consistent.
What Diop does he does well, but I just feel that maybe he is not offering enough to warrant a place as his form has not been that good for sometime has it in all honesty?
Diarra has been struggling with injuries recently, but when fit he is a shoe-in, and rightly so as he is one of the best midfielders of his type around full stop!
So on the face of it Davis has a chance but Pedro Mendes will probably also feel the same.
For me Muntari and Diop 'should' be worried for their places, but the likelihood is both will be in the starting 11 if fit and/or suspension free... I guess a lot depends on the formation played too, but again I am not so sure this will make much difference?
We could also have the scenario where Davis could be suspended, as a booking for him from any point now will see him miss 2 games - should this happen in the final games of the season - if he retains his place - then he will lose match time to impress Harry Redknapp, should this happen during the Boro or Fulham games then he will be suspended for the final regardless.
As said Mendes and even Richard Hughes will be feeling they deserve the right to play some part in the 16 at least but not all can, or will...
So to answer my own question 'Can Davis earn a cup final start?'
My own thinking would have to be no, that is not to say that I feel this is by rights the way it should be... Diarra - if fit - is safe, Muntari and Diop on current form I would say should worry but I think if they are available we will see both of these taking their place in the starting 11 on May 17th to be honest...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Tuesday April 15 2008
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