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Sean Davis - instrumental cog

During the summer if anyone had told me that Sean Davis would have been an instrumental component of the Pompey side, let alone the squad this season I probably would not have believed them...

To be honest out of all the midfielders we had at that time he was the one that I would have least minded seeing leave - not so now.

For some reason - although I must admit he might not have been my favourite player - he had come in for some major stick earlier in the season, which I could not understand really, but he has well and truly rammed this down people's throats to become one of the first names on the team sheet.

He not only offers great protection to the defence but also bombs forward remarkably well - but his finishing has been abysmal! The goal he thought he scored against Reading has also been taken away from him now, given as an own goal.

Already he must be an early contender for player of the season, as he has been that good. As much as I rate Pedro Mendes I honestly cannot see Davis being kept out by himů who would have also thought this could be the case either.

Harry Redknapp has said that he is showing 'England form', which if he can maintain this then you never know, he may well still get back into the England reckoning yet.

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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 7 2007

Time: 9:00AM

Your Comments

I really do have to hold my hand up to this one...I almost wanted him to leave in the summer because I thought Hughie was better....I was so wrong, he seriousley has changed his game to suite the team! good work Sean!
CharlieChimes
Davis is quality on his day. I was a bit gutted when he left Tottenham. If he gets back to the form of 4 years ago, then you lot will have a top player. One of those players mind that hasn't reached his full potential.
Real Deal
i tend to agree with you CharlieChimes he was the 1 that i would have let go in the summer, but not now... ive always liked the fella but felt he was the 1 that would have been least missed - but not now.
pompeyrug
Wasn't impressed with the lad last season, but this formation has really seen him make that 'defensive midfielder' spot his own in impressive fashion. He's tackled well, been key in linking the play and creating chances, and has even got forward well when required. As 'Arry would say, he's been a big big player for us.
Tantona
well Im not fitting this trend! I am the proud owner of a DAVIS SHIRT, 28! got it when he first signed, after the liverpool game in the FA cup! But have to admit wasnt impressed with him last season.
PompeyGleamer
well, i thought he would be out over the summer. fortunatly, he didntl leave, and what a playor he has been! although, his form is only good enough if england were to play our clever formation...and i dont think that would work...
pompeycarpet
Couldn't agree more. I think he's really surpirsed a lot of us this season. Hope he continues to improve.
NorthStandDan
well on an interview with PFCTV, yes thats right, i paid, he was going on about Defensive mid is his best position and thats where you will get the best out of him
PompeyGleamer
Been really impressed with his performances this year ... I don't know if his best mate Gary O'Neil going has woken him up a bit (they used to be the ones in the squad that were always mucking about) but whatever the reason he's pulled his socks up and is proving to be a crackin' player - I said a couple of weeks back that he'd be my player of the year so far and I'm sticking by it - He might not have Benji's goals or Sylvain's poise but at a club where hard graft gets notice and appreciated he has to be tops in my book - Hope he keeps it up...
Chix
i dont know what happend to the old seun - but i like it! (is this one some evil clone? i couldnt have imagined him playing so well last year!)
pompeycarpet
He's what the ice hockey world would call " a grinder " (or cog as Rug put it). I think it was the West Ham game when I noticed what a gap he leaves in terms of challenging opponents in midfield and it just seems as if other Pompey players see him do it and try to follow the example. Good on him. Not as skilful as many of his teammates but lots of heart. Have to admit, I was dead wrong too cos there seemed so many better options in midfield, but he's sort of the glue that holds it together.
Toronto4Pompey
if he gets injured again (god forbid) i would like to see hughes come in - and he palys in much the same way. in fact, i would quite like to see hughes play instead of diop, but thats mostly cos i just like hughes....HE is a model profesional.
pompeycarpet
take not traore.
pompeycarpet
Now I WAS a fan, I thought his phenomenal workrate and ability to get a foot in shone through, now confidence is high and you can see why Gario and not Davis left the club
paultsmouth
i hope it continues, although he plays behind the back four, i would like him to get more goals. that goal agaisnt reading didnt count!
PompeyGleamer
as usual i never like to rock the boat so i say ... i never have faulted his work rate and commitment otherwise nope, you are all wrong, he is still a manic headless chicken, not a class bone in his body, & evil personified. How can you be a defensive mid fielder when you are not capable of making a tackle, he is the weakest link, needs replacing and i still would be happy to say bench or goodbye.
russellm
sorry russ, i agree with alot that you say but not this time - ive lost count of the crucial tackles that ive seen davis make this season on the edge of his own area... and so many times he not only wins the ball here, but comes away with it too! granted ive not seen anywhere near as many matches as you this season but everytime ive seen him, either at the game or live on tv or wherever i think he has played well.
pompeyrug
" Evil Personified " eh !? - sounds like we need to put him on GWB's " Terror Watch " list russ !
Toronto4Pompey
 

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