Birmingham city defender Curtis Davies has said that he is extremely satisfied with the form that the club has shown in the pre-season friendlies so far. The former Aston Villa defender was linked with a move to yet another Midlands rival after it was revealed that Norwich city manager Chris Hughton is a major fan of the former Aston Villa star.
Even though he has not been able to secure a move to the Premier league club this summer, it is thought that he still remains extremely happy with life at Birmingham city. Chris Hughton recently conceded that he is a big fan of Curtis Davies and will go to any length to bring him to Norwich city.
However, Birmingham issued a hands off approach to Norwich by saying that they do not intend to sell the start despite the significant financial troubles they have been facing prior to the start of the new season. Despite the financial problems, they have been extremely good in the pre-season friendlies so far. Their latest pre-season friendly against Borussia Mönchengladbach finished in a 2-2 draw, which was an extremely entertaining contest. Speaking after the match, Davies said that he is surprised and happy at the form shown by the club in the pre-season.
“It was good to have a challenge like Monchengladbach so early. On paper it looked like it was going to be a tough one with it being our first game. I think we did really well. I don’t think you could tell the difference in the level of the two sides and I don’t think you could tell a difference in the fitness. We gave a good account of ourselves. The big thing about this result was the way we played as a team and the fitness,” said Curtis Davies.
Birmingham city defender Curtis Davies is thought to be extremely sceptical about moving to Norwich city. The Canaries recently appointed former Birmingham manager Chris Hughton, who was instrumental in getting the best out of Curtis Davies last season.
He has been linked with a £ 5 million more to the Premier league with Norwich city, but the player is not looking at move to Norwich due to the fact that he is not confident about their ability to stay up in the Premier league next season, playing the likes of Man City and Arsenal. Paul Lambert managed to guide Norwich city comfortably above the relegation zone.
Even though Chris Hughton has a great record as a manager, Curtis Davies does not think that he will get the opportunity to stay in the Premier league for a long time. As result, there is a danger that this move could fall through. The 27-year-old is also thought to be extremely keen on staying in Birmingham after having spent a major portion of his life in the city.
Curtis Davies signed for Birmingham from arch rivals Aston Villa many seasons ago, and has been a key part of their success. Fans will certainly not be happy at the sale of such a key player.
If Chris Hughton fails to get this man from Birmingham, then he is likely to look at other alternatives to bring in ahead of the pre-season tour. It is already thought that he is looking at the signings of Jack Butland, while Everton’s Yobo could also be a surprise signing as well.
Even prior to Chris Hughton being confirmed as the Norwich city manager, it was rumoured that his first signing would be Curtis Davies. Chris Hughton also has to prioritise keeping Grant Holt at the club. The England striker has scored more than 15 goals for the club last season.
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has criticised the actions of the three Aston Villa players, who were involved in a brawl just outside a nightclub.
Aston Villa are currently fighting against relegation with only two matches remaining in the Premier league season.
However, it seems that the prospect of relegation has not transferred to the players after it was revealed that three players of the Aston Villa first-team – James Collins, Fabian Delph, and Chris Herd – were all involved in a massive brawl. Alex McLeish has revealed that the three players have now been fined by the club and necessary action will be taken up on them.
He also criticised the incident by calling it as the ‘slur of the club’. Aston Villa still be having a crucial match against Tottenham during the weekend. They are only three points ahead of the final relegation spot, which is occupied by Bolton Wanderers. Given that Bolton have a much easier to matches of the season, it has been expected that Villa should get at least one point from the remaining two matches in order to realistically think about staying in the Premier league. However, this pressure does not seem to have affected the players at all, as they have been found having a brawl at a nightclub.
“It’s the culture of one pint too many. I feel for [club owner] Randy Lerner and the fans but the players need to show some respect for themselves and the football club. It’s a slur on the club. I think the most important thing is that they’ve been punished [and] they’ve shown a bit of humility, which is the least we can expect,” said Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish ahead of the Tottenham match. Meanwhile, Aston Villa defender James Collins has come out with a statement apologising for the incident.
Birmingham will be cherishing the return of Centre back Curtis Davies after the defender was ruled out of the match against Hull city due to the red card he received in the match against Cardiff.
Curtis Davies has been one of the influential players from Birmingham this season. He has been rock solid at the back ever since arriving from Aston Villa. However, he missed the 2-1 loss at the hands of Hull City last weekend after receiving his marching orders in the match against Cardiff city.
Now, the return of the defender will provide coming with much-needed relief as they prepare to take on Doncaster. Birmingham city have been playing a number of matches away from home in the last few weeks and Doncaster will finally be marking their returns back to home. The return of Curtis Davies will provide them which much-needed strength to take on the championship team.
Despite facing a number of financial troubles this season, Birmingham city have done pretty well in the championship. Even though they have not been able to challenge for the likes of the play-offs and the automatic promotion places, they are doing pretty well in the mid-table.
Doncaster, meanwhile, are struggling down at the bottom of the table. However, they are unlikely to take anything away from the match given that Birmingham city have been relatively good at home this season. The club will still be missing defender Liam Ridgewell, who continues his rehabilitation from the thigh injury sustained a few weeks ago. Senegal defender Diatta recently joined Doncaster, but he is unlikely to make his debut against Birmingham. Curtis Davies will be the major player to return from first-team absence for Birmingham. They will be hoping that his return will push them towards ascendancy in the table.