SUPERB FORM

Since making his €2.25 million summer switch from Birmingham City, Curtis Davies has been in superb form as he plays for Hull City, he was even linked with a possible move to Everton as the side of Roberto Martinez is interested in signing them.
The head coach of Hull City, Steve Bruce denied any rumors and speculation about Davies making a transfer to Everton.

“It’s the first I’ve heard of it. There’s going to be speculation about any player that’s doing well and Curtis is doing well. I don’t even have to bother with my owner with £6m. We don’t want to lose our good players and that wouldn’t even tempt us. I wouldn’t even have to ask the question on it and that’s the strength we’ve got.”

“We all realize how important Curtis has been to us and for anyone to sell their best players now it would have to be at a premium which would blow us away. That wouldn’t even scratch the surface. Where could I replace Curtis Davies in January for that amount? The last thing I want to do is dismantle a squad I’m trying to put together’’. Steve Bruce stated when he was asked about the future of his player.

The consistent string of impressive performances from Curties Davies has now seen the defender having an increased price tag and valuation from €2.25 million to €20 million which is the amount of money that the 28 years old player is being priced at.
The football career of Curties Davies has seen him going from Championship clubs and later making moves to the Premier League with teams on the relegation zone but it wasn’t until his stay at Hull City that he has truly sparked the interest of top tier squads such as Manchester United and Chelsea.

DAVIES IMPRESSES

Curties Davies signed with the newly promoted Premier League side Hull City on earlier this year and after a series of outstanding performances for his team he has quickly turned himself into an important player for the squad.

The English defender admitted to having desires of representing his national team for the upcoming World Cup. The last time Davies was called up by England occurred in 2008 as Fabio Capello wanted to play him in a friendly match against Germany back in 2008 but the player said that he would like the chance to be picked.

“There are very good players playing there for England but nothing, I think, head and shoulders above me.It’s not like the Rio Ferdinands, John Terrys and Sol Campbells of olds. If, God forbid, there are injuries, he hasn’t really looked at anyone else and maybe won’t know what they have to offer’’.

“I’ve no illusion that I should be picked but I’d like to think that, if my form was allowing me to come close, then I’d like to get a sniff’’. Davies told The Independent.

Hull City is nearing one of their busiest months of this season as they have to play 7 Premier League matches in the month of December and with a rock bottom spot in the standings, they cannot afford to drop anymore points if they want to avoid the relegation zones.

“We need more urgency again. Against Palace, we passed it and passed it to death and when we did get anywhere in and around the box, we didn’t want to pull the trigger.

“Maybe we need to be a bit more direct. Not in terms of going long ball, but getting it wide and forward with a bit more pace. That’s what we did well at the start of the season.” Davies said.

HULL SUFFER DEFEAT

The newly promoted team Hull City faced off against Everton in a match where they lost 2-1 and according to Curtis Davies in one of his latest interviews they “huffed and puffed but we never really created the chances that deserved getting back into the game. Set pieces were our best chances.”

They were forced to play a defensive style for way too long not allowing them to make a breach into the opponent’s goalkeeper.

A victory could’ve seen Hull City leap ahead a few spots in the Premier League standings although they are still sitting in a fairly comfortable 9th spot alongside Manchester United both sharing 11 points so far.

Unibet, the sports bet specialists, are offering good odds on Hull surviving in their first season.

Despite facing the recent loss in the Premier League, the 28 years old defender and one of the star performers for the promoted Hull City, Curties Davies stated his desire to play for the England National team.

“I would jump at the chance to play for my country – even if it was upfront… or in goal!

“It appears Roy Hodgson is trying to push young players through and I would probably have to be lucky to get called up. But the gaffer here is getting the whole defence working well together as a unit this season.”

As he said in an interview made a few days ago. Although Hull City only spent £3m in the 28 years old defender, after his latest performances it seems as if they got a bargain for the potential England player.

Davis has already made his England under-21 debut back when Fabio Capello was in charge of the team but now he wants to make a full debut with the main team hoping to play alongside legends such as: Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.

INFLUENTIAL

Hull City brought in Curtis Davies from Birmingham in the summer and he has so far been an influential signing for the club. Even though they have been unable to get much victories under their belt, Davies has been influential in helping the team get a solid defence at the back.

This has led to praise from midfielder Liam Rosenior. Davies was brought to the club for around £ 2.5 million, which is now looking like a bargain. The former Aston Villa defender has Premier league experience and it is showing in a team that was relegated a few years ago.

After picking up three wins in the opening seven matches, they have propelled themselves into the top half of the table. They have already taken 11 points, which is very close to the magical figure of 40 that teams looking to survive hope to achieve. Rosenior has hailed the several attributes of Davies like being quick to the ball, ability to pass the ball out of defence, and being able to pass with a lot of accuracy. Rosenior has even gone as far as saying that Davies has been the best player for Hull City this season.

The team has conceded just one goal per game and they will be hoping to maintain that record against Everton on Saturday.
“He’s a great lad. The way he is as a person is the way he plays the game. He’s honest, he’s outgoing and gives everything. He cares about every performance and other players. Not just that, he’s good on the ball, he’s quick and he makes good passes. He’s probably been the stand-out player for us this season and we need him to keep delivering. Abdoulaye Faye next to him has come in and shown his experience too,” said Rosenior.

Curtis Davies

Curtis Davies is an English professional footballer who is currently signed on to play for Hull City AFC in the Premier League.

Standing at an imposing height of well over six feet, Davies began his youth career with Wimbledon before it was relocated to Milton Keynes and changed its name to MK Dons. He left the club to join Luton Town’s academy and after graduating from the academy, he played two years at the club

as a professional between 2003 and 2005.
In 2005, West Bromwich Albion paid his transfer fee to bring him to the club as a backup for their first team defenders as they readied themselves for the Premier League but at the end of his first season at the club, they were relegated to the Championship, the second tier of English league football. He stayed on at the club for another season before Aston Villa signed Curtis Davies on loan for the 2007/08 season.

He impressed enough during his loan spell for Villa to make the loan move permanent during the transfer window.

He spent the next two years fighting for a place in the Villa first team, with little success however, and was sent out on loan to Championship club Leicester City during the 2010/11 season. At the end of the season, Villa decided to cash in on the player as they looked to rebuild their side and Curtis Davies was sold to Championship club Birmingham City.

It was at Birmingham that Davies rediscovered his touch under manager Steve Bruce and impressed enough for Bruce to re-sign his former player for his newly promoted Hull City AFC side as they looked to secure the defensive aspect of the side ahead of their first season back in the Premier League after a gap of two years.

PREM DREAMS

Curtis Davies has said that he wants to be a part of a Premier League side again. Davies is currently a contracted player of Birmingham City. He has been a part of the Premier League sides before. He has played for Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion.

Quite a few clubs were interested in Davies during the mid season transfer window, but, Birmingham City didn’t put him on sale. The clubs which had shown interest in Davies were Reading FC, Norwich City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.”

When asked if he wants to join a Premier League side again, Davies said, “I would be lying if I say that I don’t want to play for a Premier League side. Off course, I want that.”
“In January, I had been told that somebody would be sold and I knew that it wouldn’t be me. So, I was calm.”

When asked about him being approached by so many clubs during the mid season transfer window, Davies said, “I have played well this season and if you perform well, the clubs are going to show interest in you. This is obvious.”

Davies admitted that he is a bit disappointed with the performance of his side in the Championship this season. Birmingham is currently at no. 10 with 52 points in 39 matches.

When asked about the performance of Birmingham City in this season, Davies said, “We had bought some quality players in the pre season transfer window and we were looking for a promotion. But, we haven’t played that well.”

“However, there are still a few games to go and we can end the season on a high. We have disappointed our supporters in most of the matches. Now, we need to give them something to cheer about.”

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CLARK IMPRESSED BY SUBS

The Birmingham manager Lee Clark has praised the substitutes Nathan Redmond and Wes Thomas after the pair managed to turn the game around for the blues in the recent match against Derby County.

Clark decided to bring on the duo when Birmingham were trailing 1-0 in the match. This would have meant that the team’s good run of form in recent weeks would have been spoilt. Prior to the match, Birmingham had lost only one out of the four encounters. As a result, they have managed to get themselves clear off the relegation zone. Questions about the team would have been raised if they had been defeated against Birmingham.

Ben Davies had given Derby County the lead after 40 min in the match. However, the two substitutes Thomas and Redmond scored goals in the second half to give Birmingham all three points. Thomas started the recovery from Birmingham with a goal in the 67th minute. Redmond then put Birmingham ahead of the match after 75 min before Thomas scored his second goal of the match in injury time to make the game safe for the blues. As a result of this victory, Birmingham rise to the 14th position in the table behind the likes of Blackpool and Charlton.

“Listen, they are good players. Talented players. Even though there wasn’t too much in the first-half, I just felt that Derby were gaining momentum by each minute and the game was there to be taken, if we wanted to take it. All week I talked about the young, hungry players Derby have. A lot of energy, a great work ethic and we had to match that to get something from the game – and we didn’t. I’m delighted for the pair of them,” said Clark. Thomas has been signed on a loan deal till the end of the season from Bournemouth.

GREAT ATTITUDE

The Birmingham City manager Lee Clark has praised the attitude of the players after the 2-1 victory over Barnsley on Boxing Day. It has helped the club to get the second victory in the last five matches.

It has meant that they have been relieved of the relegation trouble for now because they have a substantial seven-point advantage between them and the relegation zone. The former Aston Villa man Curtis Davies scored both goals for Birmingham City in the match. He opened the scoring in the 35th minute, but Barnsley did not take long to equalise the match after a goal from Jonathan Greening.

The two teams went into the half-time break level, but the defender once again scored in the 77th minute to give Birmingham City an unlikely three points away from home. This could prove to be extremely crucial come the end of the season according to manager Clark, who has praised the attitude shown by the youngsters at the club. Clark has stressed the importance of the collective performances put in by the players in recent matches, while also suggesting that the older players are also important to the team because they will be providing the much-needed depth. Birmingham have played in 24 matches so far in the Championship this season.

“The last two games we’ve had, the four points we’ve taken and the manner that we’ve done it in is great credit to the young boys – that was quite an old team for us now; five teenagers in the starting 11. What they’re doing is showing great spirit and enthusiasm. They’re talented footballers, you would like to put them in a couple at a time rather than drop them all in at once but they’re producing individual performances and spirited collective performances,” said Clark after the Barnsley match.

LATE FITNESS TEST

The Championship club Birmingham City have revealed that he will be making assessments over the fitness of the defender Curtis Davies prior to the visit of Hull City to St Andrews. This match will also see the return of the former Birmingham manager Steve Bruce, who is currently in charge of Hull City.

He has been able to transform the fortunes of the former Premier league club, who are now in a position to challenge for the play-offs and even further for the automatic promotion spot. This will be a very tough match according to the Birmingham manager Lee Clark, who has had to deal with a lot of issues during this time at St Andrews.

Birmingham come into the match having had just two victories in the last few months. Since September, the club has had only two victories against Leeds and Bristol, while they have suffered numerous defeats and draws during this period. As a result, they lie in the 19th position in the table just a few places over the relegation zone. Hull, meanwhile, come into the match in the fourth position just a few points below the Championship leaders Crystal Palace. The fitness of the defender Curtis Davies is the major worry for manager Lee Clark.

Other players who are also suffering from injury problems ahead of this match include the midfielder Keith Fahey and the striker Leroy Lita. The manager has confirmed that the defender Paul Caddis has been making sufficient progress in his attempts to recover from the shoulder injury. He is expected to be back into the first-team in the next few weeks. Stephen Carr, who has been a long-term absentee for the club this season, still is a little far away from first-team action according to Lee Clark, who is feeling confident ahead of the Hull City match.