Newcastle Interested In Bolton Box-To-Box Midfielder

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?

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 14, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Good signing, but where will he play? unless guthrie is going

  • JackButler

    Feb 14, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Davies is a good young player, but would prefer to read stories that we are more interested in resigning Guthrie

  • davybtoon

    Feb 14, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Rotonda n what bout r 11 game unbeaten run well just not count that will we, staylor injury hurt us badly u jus gotta look at our record goals conceded with him n without him he’s a huge loss

  • spitfire_

    Feb 14, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #4

    English players cost too much… And even he is a half good as they said too many big clubs will want him and there will have a bid war.

  • Lynxie

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #5

    I think we might be raiding a few relegated teams for cheapies.
    Jarvis, Doyle, Diame, Moses, Ben Watson, Hoillet to name a few…………….

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Indian, fans are moaning about the lack of investment – so when we do buy players, they may be squaddies , until they prove otherwise ok ? He seems to have potential.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Jack, havent read ur posts in a while – u been away ? The lunatics have taken over!! We need to sack Pardew – NOW !!!!! 🙂

  • shrews mag

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #8

    In response to the doom mongers on the rpevious threads, I have a mate who’s a man utd season ticket holder and he’s been saying for the last 2 seasons they play ‘sh*t’ football.

    He’s lucky his team plays sh*t and win things, mine plays sh*t and wins nowt.

    No team plays fantastic football for 90 mins every game. Some teams grind out results and I for one am more than happy this year.

    The team are starting to gell and the dressing room appears to be very happy and pulling in the same direction.

    Top 7 this year would be fantastic and next year after all these new players have bedded in, we could really push for europe.


  • Munster Mag

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Lynxie, all those players would help develop the squad.

  • Lynxie

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #10

    There will be some good players available this summer, as all of the bottom clubs have one or two that we could scavenge over LOL

  • JackButler

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Munster – It’s getting painful on here of late fella, what with Pardew being so clueless and the greatest player in the history of the game (HBA) not being played 😉

  • Ben3arfa

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #12

    hes a very mobile midfielder , should definitely be playing for a better team than bolton

  • Brutooon

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #13

    i watch him during bolton victory against liverfool

    man of the match

  • JackButler

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Lynxie – Jarvis, Diame and Hoilett are player’s I’d love to see us sign, would add a lot of strength to our squad, as long as hoilett cuts out the diving

  • alex84

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #15

    If Carr has scouted then I’m happy, Saturday is guna be a snooze fest without the toon playing I hate breaks.

    Also I think Hba will come in at wolves now that Tiote an cabaye r back.

  • Lynxie

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #16

    with Lovenkrands Smith and possibly one or two others going out, its vital that we increase the size and strength of the sqaud. Where better than to enlist proven Premier league players? No brainer for me, if their demands are not Nzogbia-esque.

  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #17

    One of the most underrated players….decent on the wing as well because he is very skillful.

  • toons4eva

    Feb 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #18

    yea…hes underrated but whenever i have watched him he does what coyle has said…he knows how to drive in with the ball…..that is something that our current midfielders lack….he s one who can develop into a very good player…he has the pace and skill of a winger and can certainly create goals…..and i think we do need a player like him at our ranks coz in our current step up we don t have a midfilder like him at our club…….he would be a very good signing if it happened….

  • geoff777

    Feb 14, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #19

    He’s 23 years-old will he want to join NUFC to watch Tiote, Cabaye and Guthrie from the bench?

    Strange story … quiet news day?

  • Cheik_n_Bake

    Feb 14, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #20

    duno if anyone saw kevin davies and some other bolton player on goals on sunday a few months back but they were saying that mark davies was pretty much the most tlented player theyve played wiith throughout their career. would be much better playing with better players….

    and he has scored a few these past few weeks

  • Cheik_n_Bake

    Feb 14, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #21

    talented lol

  • Crawfordladd17

    Feb 14, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #22

    19 he is not first choice(after Reo-Coker and Mumuba or something) either at Bolton but better back up than Perch.
    I would buy
    A goalkeeper a good young one from the Championship or some French boy from Nancy we were linked with Pillot I think wouldnt be too dear £1m
    A Centre back or maybe two- Douglas For Free and M’Bwia for £5m
    Left Back Cissokho £6.5m
    Hoilett for Free
    Maybe this guy around £3m I would say or get Diame on a free which I think is better
    Another Striker Rodallega but I no his attuide is shit back up for Free
    So around


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