30 June 2012

Arron Davies - Cobbler Q&A

Sky Sports News have reported that Northampton midfielder Arron Davies is close to joining Exeter City, subject to a medical. When (or if) he is officially announced, the 28 year-old will give Paul Tisdale's side a new attacking dimension.

Northampton fan Neil Egerton has been answering my questions on Welshman Davies, who has a solitary senior international cap to his name (v Trinidad & Tobago in 2006).

What type of a player is Davies, is he a central player or more of a winger?

"He is kind of neither really, that is half his problem, I don't think he has a position. He is a luxury player in my opinion and you'd need a solid defensive midfielder if including Davies in the midfield. Not particularly fast and doesn't tackle. Pops up with goals though which is handy."

He didn't appear at all under Aidy Boothroyd, was it simply a case of him not fitting into Boothroyd's more direct style of play?

"It was clear Aidy didn't fancy him, wasn't the right environment for a player like Davies and I think most Cobblers backed Boothroyd and are glad to see Davies go who is a big earner."

A lot of your fellow Northampton fans have said Davies is a lazy player who doesn't like getting stuck in, do you agree?

"100%. There is no questioning that technically Davies is a decent footballer but he lacks conviction and injuries seem to have taken their toll on him, nowhere near the same player as he was at Yeovil."

Davies joins former Cobbler Guillem Bauza at Exeter, who do you think will be the more important player for us next season?

"Bauza was good for us and I'd take him over Davies every day of the week. That said I spoke to a few of your fans who dont rate Bauza! I guess it's swings and roundabouts and some players just don't fit in at some clubs, you see it all the time in football, Ian Henderson was woeful for us but scores lots for Colchester!"

Given Paul Tisdale likes his sides to play a passing and patient style of football, do you think Davies has what it takes to be a success at ECFC?

"Certainly that style will suit Davies but I'm not sure the League 2 hustle and bustle suits him, he needs time on the ball and if he gets a big tackle on him then that's him silent for the rest of the game. By all accounts Davies is a top man so I hope it works out for him. Good luck next season!"