There is a report in the Northern Echo today that says Newcastle are interested in one of their former targets – 25 year-old Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies.
Curtis Davies – good player but bad injury record
But the report suggests the club will only go after Curtis if they sell Steven Taylor – but we think the club would be daft to sell Steven, and we just don’t see that happening.
Too much has been made of the altercation between Andy Carroll and Steven on 21st March, and both local lads will stay at the club this summer. But we do expect lots of transfer talk about both leaving the club – and this is one article in that category.
Curtis is a good player but his injury record is not, and he seems too injury prone to be a good acquisition for Newcastle. It’s time Newcastle looked at the injury records for the players they may sign in the summer, because it’s usually a good gauge of how many games they will be able to play each season.
Villa manager Martin O’Neill paid out a ridiculous £8M to sign Davies in July of 2008, when Newcastle were said to be interested, but will not get anywhere near that amount for Curtis this summer.
Curtis made just 3 appearances last season, as injury again ravaged the player’s career, but he had appeared 45 times the season before for the Villa.
Sources in the Midlands claim Villa would accept around £4M for Davies, but hey – we’d rather keep Steven Taylor, who is both a better player and less injury prone.