I have heard many people complain about the credentials that Kelvin Davis has between the sticks. Many people say that he is unreliable and makes too many mistakes keeping goal for Southampton. But I think these people are talking absolute rubbish.
This is a guy who turned down West Ham United after holding talks with them and even having a medical at Upton Park, to stay at St. Mary’s after Markus Liebherr bought the club. This man has pledged unbelievable loyalty to the club and I for one will be ever so grateful to him as long as he remains there.
George Burley brought Davis to the club in 2006 for a reported £2m from Sunderland. The shot stopper was looking to rebuild his career on the south coast having had a disastrous spell at The Stadium of Light. What attracted him to the club was that he would link up with Malcolm Webster again after they worked together whilst at Ipswich Town. Another attraction for Davis was the promise of first team football.
His form at The Saints has been impressive and he has kept many clean sheets, including an absolutely phenomenal goalkeeping display against Leeds United at the weekend to extend Saints’ lead at the top of The Championship. The amount of saves he made was nothing short of top draw, including an outstanding double save to keep out Leeds striker Luciano Becchio.
At the end of that match, every single Saints player congratulated Kelvin as he virtually won the match for Saints, after Leeds battered us for at least 85% of the Elland Road clash. Saints manager Nigel Adkins congratulated his side’s character and resolve after the 1-0 win and said that Davis made an outstanding contribution to Southampton taking all three points back to St Mary’s.
After that performance, a handful of Saints supporters need to question their views on Davis. He has notched 237 appearances for The Saints and he is now regarded as one of the best keepers Southampton have ever had – including the likes of Peter Shilton, Tim Flowers and Antti Niemi just to name a few.
It has been three years since Davis snubbed The Hammers and Premier League football to remain at Southampton. How fitting would it be if he was rewarded for that decision if he leads the club back to the top flight of English football after a seven year absence.