Curtis Davies has revealed his delight at being involved in first team football again since the unknown fall out with Martin O’Neill.
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail after making his loan debut for Leicester City, Davies was very happy to be involved in match day action again but couldn’t quite help revisiting old wounds.
Describing how he felt like a ‘spare part’ following his recovery from injury, Davies whinged that he wasn’t allowed to go out on loan last January despite needing to play games to get back to proper match fitness.
‘I wasn’t allowed to go on loan in January but was kept as a spare part basically. I was denied that opportunity because I was told I was going to get games and then was not even involved.’
It’s not exactly a unique story at Villa under the previous manager, and we all remember the plethora of ‘rotation’ interviews that never came to pass but seriously, after his delight on Sky Sports News when Monny left what possible use is dragging all this up again now?
Afterall he’s hardly been world class when he did turn out in the claret and blue, absolutely with few reserve games under his belt in that time it’s clear fans need to offer some leeway when it comes to match sharpness but he needs to do his talking on the pitch if he really has a point to make.
With regards to his situation at Villa now since Gerard came in, and all the conspiracy rumours doing the rounds between fans he adds simply:
‘I haven’t played properly for a year so he (Houllier) needs to see me before he can possibly give me a game.’
Having had a brief nose round some Foxes forums it seems they are more than happy with him following his debut and would dearly love to take him on a permanent deal, but even they would be surprised if a Prem team didn’t come in for him should we allow him to leave.
If his aim is to impress and then come back and battle for his place, he’s certainly made the right start and he needs to keep doing that and lay off the interviews.
‘To be cast aside was a bitter pill to swallow.’