I accept that these type of pieces are by their very nature subjective, but I still think describing Simon Davies as overatted is very harsh on the Welshman:
The general consensus amongst neutrals seems to be that Davies has returned to his Spurs best since joining the Cottagers from Everton but in truth those halcyon days of getting linked with big-money moves to Manchester United and Liverpool are still well beyond the Welsh midfielder. Davies is a bright and tidy enough footballer who occasionally wields a decent delivery but, as a wide man, he is about as penetrating as a slab of butter through a brick wall. All in all, he’s another likeable player who just doesn’t offer enough to be a regular starter in a top ten Premier League side.
I reckon the writer should be made to watch our Great Escape season again. Davies was quite clearly of player of the year then and did a lot of it out of position on the left hand side. Even last season, when he was badly hampered by a foot injury, Digger was a key part of the side that finished seventh. He laid on several important assets and scored crucial goals – against Spurs (with a bit of help from Gomes), Kettering in the Cup and the vital second that set us back on course for a massive victory at Bolton.
To have his creativity from wide positions available again is a real boon for Fulham and I’d go as far as saying Simon’s one of the more unsung heroes of this side. Anybody agree out there?