David Davis is aiming to justify the faith paid in him by his manager as Wolves look to two successive home games to get themselves back up the npower Championship table.
The home-grown midfielder was heartened to hear Stale Solbakken’s insistence this week that it would send out the wrong signals to the talented youngsters already here if the club re-signed Emmanuel Frimpong while he was possibly not at peak fitness.
The Arsenal player has now moved to Charlton on loan until the New Year, leaving Davis challenging for a start at the weekend in the continued absence of suspended skipper Karl Henry.
“It’s nice to hear the gaffer say that,” said the Smethwick-born 22-year-old. “Now I have to repay the faith and it’s up to me.
“Emmanuel is my age within a few months and I saw here last season what a good player he is. But my aim is to be as good as him.
“If I get the chance to start against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, or if I go on again as a substitute, it’s in my own hands to make an impact.
“I was happy enough with how I did at Watford last weekend and he told me I had done all right and made a difference. Now I have to keep plugging away.”
Davis has already added ten first-team appearances to the eight he made in the Premier League in the second half of last season and has been in Stale’s 18 for every match except one.
His continued emergence extends the favourable impact he made during five loan spells in the lower divisions and Scotland but makes him hungry for more.
“Obviously, you want to play as much as you can – and I would love to play every game if possible,” he added.
“But the only time I haven’t been at least on the bench has been at Ipswich, when I stayed here and played a reserve match the previous day.
“So there’s always the chance that I’m going to play a part in a game.
“At the start of the season, I thought my form was good, then it dipped a bit and I realised what I needed to do to play in the first team.
“With Karl as captain and doing well and Tongo remaining one of our best players, it is difficult cementing a place in a 4-4-2 system. But I’ve played a few games wide on the right. I don’t mind that as long as I’m on that pitch.”
Saturday’s game may bring Wolves into direct combat with Adlene Guedioura, a player David got on well with here and who he admired considerably despite the Algerian’s two long-term injuries.
More important than reunions, though, is the need for points, with Wolves looking to visits from Forest and Millwall in the space of four days as a means of reinvigorating their campaign. And a first goal for the club from him would certainly help that quest.
“Home games are a good way of building momentum again,” Davis said.
“The situation we are in is not what we planned but we have to remember that we were third six or seven games ago.
“It definitely hasn’t helped us having a player sent off in the last two matches but we’re ready to start winning again.
“People are telling me I’m getting closer to my first Wolves goal. I had three shots at Watford – one went just over the bar and one of the others was well saved. I’ve never been prolific but I did manage a couple at Shrewsbury on loan and one at Inverness, so I do know where the goals are!”