Davies Slams Diouf Exit

  • November 28, 2008 | By Chris Mann
  • URL Short URL: http://b-ac.es/e8481

Bolton forward Kevin Davies believes El-Hadji Diouf made the wrong decision to leave the club over the summer.

The Senegal international moved to Sunderland for £2.5m in July, a move which Davies feels should never have happened.

"He (Diouf) thinks he has gone on to a better team, we think differently," Davies told The Bolton News.

"He was a great player for Bolton Wanderers, we'd like to think he would have moved on to something bigger and better than he is now.

"If people want to move on, it is their choice. We have certainly got people in now capable of covering for him.

"He had unbelieveable skill, I just felt that sometimes his lifestyle lets him down. He could and should be one of the best players in Europe."

As Wanderers struggled against relegation last season, Davies feels Diouf's form suffered as a result and admits some senior players had to have a word with the controversial forward.

"I think towards the end of last season we could have done with a bit more from him really," Davies said.

"He started to do one or two things that wasn't right for the club. We addressed that as a squad of players, as we do from time to time.

"Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed working with him, he was a good laugh, and it is certainly a lot quieter in the dressing room now.

"But I personally felt that he could have given a bit more for us."

After being dropped to the bench in recent weeks and appearing for the reserves during the week, Diouf currently looks to be out of favour at the Stadium of Light, but Davies believes it will only be a matter of time before the 27-year-old is back playing regular football.

"You read the things you'd expect, that he's been out nightclubbing the day before the game and things like that. Whether they are true or not I don't know," Davies continued.

"He has been put on the bench, whether that is a punishment because he has upset Roy Keane I don't know.

"I'm sure he knew it was a gamble when he signed him because of what he has got up to in the past. I'm sure he thinks he can handle it, so good luck to him."

Diouf is expected to feature for Sunderland tomorrow, playing against his old team mates for the first time.

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