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Boss Backs Davis Development


12:42 20th November 2012

Solbakken trust in emerging midfielder

Boss Ståle Solbakken has backed David Davis to continue to progress into a top quality midfielder.

Solbakken has previously revealed he decided not to pursue a loan interest in Arsenal’s Emmanuel Frimpong at this stage because he doesn’t believe the Gunner is yet at a level of fitness which would take him straight into the team.

And in doing so he has backed Academy graduate Davis - who impressed in last night's Under-21 draw at Crystal Palace - to continue to progress on the back of a promising impact at the end of last season when handed his first team chance.

“David had a bit of a dip after him and ’Fordey’ played a lot at the beginning of the season,” he said.

“We didn’t really want them to play at the same time in the first game of the season but the squad wasn’t ready, the team wasn’t ready and we hadn’t got our new players in.

“So they were thrown into it a little bit and Davis had a dip.

“But now he’s a challenger again.

“He came on at Watford and was aggressive but I wasn’t too sure about his shots with his left foot!

“I think he can progress into a really good midfielder – how good is difficult to say.”

And he has re-affirmed his belief in keeping Davis close to the first team ahead of immediately moving for Frimpong, who has now gone to Charlton.

“At this moment, if there was a player who was much better and could go straight in, no one would have questioned it,” added Solbakken.

"But we have a player (Davis) who is more or less at the same level at this moment and if we’d have brought someone else in, we’d have had to say to David Davis ‘you have to find another club’ and I don’t like that.

“So for this it wasn’t a hard decision. It was a decision made not only in the best interests of the club, but for David Davis, and the whole thinking here.

“He needs a few more games but he played for the reserves at Crystal Palace last night and I will watch the DVD of that game before training.”


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