It was announced last Friday we had signed Andrew Davies on loan til the end of the season. He rejoins the club for a 2nd time. I remember him last time playing a lot of his games for us at Right Back which of course he did a decent job. I remember one goal he set up getting forward and crossing it over for Rochemback to score.
It’s not Andrew’s best position, I see him as an out and out Centre Back. He’s not had the best of times at Stoke. Not featuring in the first team squad and no reserve games. What’s that all about? Stoke don’t play reserve games. That’s a new one to me. When Tony Mowbray heard from Stoke that Davies was available. Tony wanted to see him train. Rightly so after very little football action in the last 18 months. With all the bad weather over December it was a frustrating time for Boro and Andrew as they mainly trained in doors.
Andrew managed to play in a reserve game before he was called back to Stoke as talks between the clubs broke down for what ever reason. The transfer Window passed and we played Swansea at home, we really missed our Captain Matthew Bates Experience at the back. It was a young back four and a few silly mistakes costed us that day and we left the Riverside empty handed.
I listened to the radio after the match and fans were slating the Defenders and Goal Keeper. Saying we need experience at the back. I agree with it to some extent. A talker at the back will help these young lads. The silly goals against Swansea that we give them due to individual errors will only help these young players become better players. You have to start somewhere and the youngsters are learning all the time. We were always going to miss Matthew Bates once Wheater left heavily relying on our skipper.
In comes Andrew straight into the team for game with Millwall. Set up with 5 at the back. Davies threw himself at everything, making vital blocks, headers and crunching tackles. A fine 2nd debut!
All that frustration of not playing for so long all out the way and a great 3 pts for Boro at an intimidating Den, to make Millwall good home record come to an end. Get In! Andrew spoke after the game on radio, he comes across really down to earth lad, full of passion, commitment, determination to do well for this Club one he cares about. He can’t wait for the next game he’s Hungary and his experience will be vital in the coming weeks.
Welcome Back Andrew!
First Printed in FMTTM Fanzine v QPR Saturday 26 February 2011