Is Bolton’s Mark Davies Worth £3.5M – No


Bolton have valued their midfielder Mark Davies at £3.5M.

Mark Davies – priced at £3.5M by Bolton

Of course for a side that has just been relegated and have to cut their wage bill, they are hardly in a strong position of getting the price they ask , when trying to sell some of their players.

There’s a difference between what you want and what you can get, especially when a club have just been relegated.

Newcastle have been linked with the 24-year-old for about six months now, but we wonder if this lad is good enough to make the Newcastle first team?

It would be a surprise if he is,  so we’re not quite sure why Newcastle are even interested in Mark,  unless he’s meant to be a squad player to replace Danny Guthrie, who will leave in the summer on a free transfer.

Davies was born in Wolverhampton, and was at his home town club until January of 2009, when he joined Bolton on a four-and-a-half-year contract, for an undisclosed fee .

Mark did represent England at U16, U17 and U19 level but nothing at the higher levels, although he was called up for the England U21 squad three times in total, and twice last year, but each time he was forced to pull out through injury.

The right footed 5’11” tall central midfielder,  by our reckoning,  has played a total of 103 times for Bolton with 6 goals.

And since he has only one year left on his contract, that should bring his transfer price down a bit, because Newcastle could presumably hold off on the player until next summer, when they could get him on a free transfer.

The news is that Bolton manager Owen Coyle wants to keep Davies at the Reebok Stadium,  so that the Trotters can mount an immediate challenge for promotion next season.

It may just be us, but we think Newcastle can get better central midfield players than Davies.

What do you think?

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189 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    May 18, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Er why?

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  • jayphoto

    May 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #2

    yes and no!he’d be worth that if bolton had not just been relegated and if he had longer on his contract! he’ll move for about 2m tho! Wouldn’t mind him at toon, hes a right tidy player that gets better each game, heard hes off to sunderland tho!

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  • STtoon

    May 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #3

    we dont need them, should invest this money to bring the DC and RB

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  • Beattie25

    May 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Ha ha Ed… No

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Yes…

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  • tarie4

    May 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Repost

    Beattie25

    Hahaha yes, but the Spanish and Germans might have something to say about that though
    They also have fantastic talent… But they are a sleeping giant tho, they only need a manger who can mould all that talent into a well oiled and well run machine..like
    Easier said than done though

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  • jayphoto

    May 18, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #7

    we need about 6 players i think in the summer! A starting right back. A starting centre back. A reserve left back. A reserve central midfielder. A reserve striker. A Back up keeper!

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  • Beattie25

    May 18, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #8

    We need so many players it’s funny.

    Bet the journos will have a field day in the coming months and we’ll be left heartbroken every day webwait for news.

    I’m sad

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 18, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #9

    I assume

    “been linked with him for about six months”

    means

    “we were linked with him six months ago”

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  • tarie4

    May 18, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #10

    ToonDownSouth

    Aye, am more of a Madrid man than barca, watch alot of games though, and I kid you not, Ronaldo must absolutely love ozil, most of his goals last season and this season are laid on a plate for him by ozil,

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  • Tsunki

    May 18, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Ok that was a cheap shot at getting first post before Indian. But the question is valid – why spend this sort of money, or indeed any on a player that is obviously no longer developing, and looks to be settling in as a squad player in a team now in the championship. This is, with all due respect, the type of player we should be distancing from, and letting the mackems have. We should save our pennies and put that cash into a nice new shiny young academy prospect.

    Next please!

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  • jayphoto

    May 18, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #12

    @ beattie25 – on the brightside, we only need 1 or 2 to enhance our first team! a full back and maybe a centre half (tho s.taylor will be fit again)

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  • Beattie25

    May 18, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Change that reserve midfielder to a starting one and I think your right jayphoto

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  • jayphoto

    May 18, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #14

    who would you drop?

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  • Dannyo

    May 18, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #15

    @TDS
    I remember Lee Ryder writing about us signing Cisse “We were exclusive with him, we linked him with us last summer”.

    Talking as if he already knew this would happen. Bull.

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  • GFH

    May 18, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Whatever he’s worth , it isn’t to us , and I don’t think for a moment that we have been genuinely interested in him.I think we have a list of genuine value for money players , although I suspect the prices are rising for us .

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  • jayphoto

    May 18, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #17

    sayin that, if we go 4-3-3, then definately need another starting midfielder!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 18, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #18

    I do hope no one is seriously expecting u to sign 6/7 players…

    Being realistic, I’d be happy with a CB, a FB, and a replacement for anyone of note who leaves.

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  • clinath@ed

    May 18, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Beatie @13
    Why do you think we need another starting midfielder?
    Attacking wise, we may need a left sided forward, if we play 4-3-3, and/or a replacement forward.

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  • jayphoto

    May 18, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #20

    think they’ll sign about 5 under 18 players and about 5 first team squad players! We’re a small squad anyway, we have guthrie, smith and lovenkrands definately leaving, simpson, ranger, gosling and harper possibly leaving and Ba being linked with every club with a bit of cash from here to china! Reckon we’ll see a massive squad overhaul to be honest, not much money spent, but a lot of change!

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  • Dannyo

    May 18, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #21

    @TDS
    AP has been quoted on “3 players, not regarding any replacements or players leaving”.
    I expect 2-3 blue chip players, atleast 2 in defense, then trialists or freebies otherwise coming in.
    That means, money being spent on transfer fees on tops 3 players.

    Then ofc u have the entire bloody reserves to replace more or less…

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  • Beattie25

    May 18, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Clinath@ed

    Beacause it is my opinion that if we play 4-3-3 we need a creative dynamo that is able to retain the ball and if we play 4-4-2 Tiote and Cabaye cannot play together as they got overrun too easily.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 18, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #23

    I think it’s very important that Vuckic gets his go this season. He’s been ‘showing promise’ for so long now, but actually all he’s accomplished has been a few good reserve games, and the inability to stay for for more than a month.

    If he can’t keep fit this season, it may be time to cut loose, and start pinning our hopes on a new youngster.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 18, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #24

    Beattie

    I’d like to see us sign a central midfielder with a bit of height. It’s not a necessity, but Tiote & Cabaye aren’t exactly the most effective at challenging for high balls in the middle of the park.

    That cock Fellaini showed that at Goodison.

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  • the_besty_show

    May 18, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #25

    Mark davies is a tidy player i would take him, would go straight in as third choice centre mid im sure, was far and away boltons best player last season

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  • FatmanJoe

    May 18, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #26

    He’s exactly the sort of player we should be looking at and 3.5 is a steal. I’d be well pleased with this one.

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  • supatoonkid

    May 18, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #27

    PLEASE DON’T BUY HIM! He’s no better than Guthrie and we need to improve not stay the same, we need a good goalscoring CM like Yacine Brahimi, Marvin Martin or Gylfi Siggurdson to come in for the 3rd midfield place then we have good back up from Jonas, Perch, Gosling & Abeid. He should join somebody like Villa or the Mackums should Davies as he’ll start there easy like Guthrie as they’re into alright English players; maybe even Liverfool will take a punt and play him in the middle with Spearing & Henderson in their “all star XI” for next season 🙂

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  • clinath@ed

    May 18, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #28

    Beattie: I like your thinking, but wouldn’t that leave Cabaye n Tiote even more exposed in a 3 man mid field? Perhaps your creative dynamo would be better off employed as part of the front 3, leaving 3 “grafters” behind them to mop up?

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  • the_besty_show

    May 18, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #29

    @supatoonkid

    hes a canny bit better than guthrie

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  • jayphoto

    May 18, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #30

    steven n’zonzi heavily linked with us today! that’d give us a bit of height! hes 6″5! only a year left on his contract too!

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  • FatmanJoe

    May 18, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #31

    I’m disappointed Guthrie is going actually as I think he’s a decent player. Davies is the same if not a bit better and he’s got a far better engine on him.

    Couldn’t ask for more really. A quality back up who’s happy to sit out the vast majority of starting line ups (most of the named you mention won’t be) but could play well in cup comps.

    Never mind the fact that with decent players around him we’d see so much better from him.

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  • clinath@ed

    May 18, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #32

    steven n’zonzi….for an attacking midfielder, he hasn’t scored a lot of goals!

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  • SupaToonKid

    May 18, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #33

    @the_besty_show yeah i agree he’s better than Guthrie but we should set our sights higher if we want to challenge for the top 4 next season as i said we’ve got players like Gosling etc. so don’t think we need others as we need a quality goal scoring CM like Brahimi not an average Englishman to sit on the bench or provide cover as we’ve got enough of that!

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  • the_besty_show

    May 18, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #34

    i liked guthrie was a decent squad player but i believe davies is a class above. Davies will run at a defence or play one twos with strikers etc whereas guthrie was more of a spray it about and admire the pass type.

    Good luck to guthrie, been a good servant helped us get promoted and is showing ambition by not wanting to stay third choice, exactly the type of player and attitude that will serve a lot of teams well

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 18, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #35

    clinath prob because nzonzi is a CDM

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  • FatmanJoe

    May 18, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #36

    He’s better than gosling and has more experience. I would look to send gosling on loan next season to get some game time and confidence back and see where he actually would fit in at nufc.

    Whereas Davies is ready now and I’d feel completely comfortable seeing him slot right in.

    The relegated teams do have a bit of quality. I’d also want fletcher at wolves.

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  • AndyMac

    May 18, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #37

    If we’re getting rid of Guthrie for no fee, why should we pay for Davies ?

    Guthrie’s a far better player IMO and its a real shame the boys going as he could have been a genuine squad player. With European football on the horizon and us needing to play two separate teams on Thursday and Sunday we effectively need two separate starting Xl’s.

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  • Beattie25

    May 18, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #38

    N’Zonzi is more of a box to box/defensive midfielder is he not??

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  • the_besty_show

    May 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #39

    @supatoonkid

    all good points but to be honest if were looking at centre mids it is probably with the intention of being cover as it will take a bloody good signing to knock tiote or cabaye out of the first team.

    I would take davies as cover not as a starter as i personally dont believe gosling is good enough, abeid and vuckic arent ready and guthrie on his way we need a direct replacement/improvement for guthrie and i think davies could do a job. Wouldnt be upset if we didnt sign him either though.

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  • clinath@ed

    May 18, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #40

    According to Wiki (I know, I know)…he was a forward as a youngster, and currently plays as an attacking midfielder. The fact I had to go on wiki to find out who he was speaks volumes….or maybe I’m just getting old!

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