The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle are interested in Bolton’s 23 year-old midfielder Mark Davies.
Mark Davies – Bolton central midfielder
Mark was born in Wolverhampton and made his debut back in August 2005 at age 17 for his home town team, when Glenn Hoddle was the manager.
He moved to Bolton in January of 2009 and at the time signed a deal for four and a half years with Bolton, but he then signed a new deal in February of 2011, and is now contracted at the Reebok until July of 2015.
The feeling is that if Bolton are relegated this season, they are currently second bottom on 20 points, then Mark could be signed in a cut price deal.
Davies turns 24 on Saturday, and is a decent midfield player, although when we’ve watched him he has hardly stood out while playing for Bolton, but the word is that he is vary ambitious, and presumably would bee keen to join the Magpies if Newcastle went after him in the summer.
The Sunday Sun reported last Sunday that Newcastle want to bring in another box to box midfielder in the summer to help out the likes of Yohan Cabaye and Danny Guthrie.
And we are assuming Danny Guthrie will soon get a new deal at the club, since his current four year contract runs out at the end of June.
The Bolotn manager Owen Coyle had this to say about Davies:
“Mark’s style of play is a rare commodity.” “There are not many midfielders around who can keep the ball like he does.”
“When Mark is at his best he drives forward and takes people on. The best example of that was Paul Gascoigne who could drive with the ball.”
“Mark has a long way to go to get to that level, he has got to get a level of consistency into his game.” “But he has got great quick feet and he has got an end product to his play as well.”
“He also has great fitness levels, with continued development in the next six to 12 months he could go on to play for anybody.” “There is no doubt he has a huge career ahead of him.”
The next time we watch Bolton play, we’ll have to watch this lad a bit more closely, because he has never really impressed us much in the past, but it would be good if Newcastle could sign a few English players in the summer, although they tend to be a bit expensive.
That’s one reason we need to sign Danny Guthrie up to a new deal too.
It seems to be a bit of a stretch for Owen Coyle to compare him to Newcastle-born Paul Gascoigne, who was a wonderful player.
Davies has played for England at U16, U17 and U19 level and represented England U19s 6 times.
For the record, Mark has appeared 91 times for Bolton with 50 starts and 6 goals and while at Wolves he played 35 times with 15 starts and one goal.
Davies was on loan for a couple of months at Leicester City in 2008-2009 (late November 2008 through January of 2009) and he played there 9 times with 6 starts and one goal.
What do you think of Davies?