Davies Tipped For The Top

  • September 27, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Chris Evans, Bolton's former assistant manager, has tipped Mark Davies to become an England international and seal a move to a top-four Premier League club.

Evans is credited as the man who discovered Davies' talent and helped him to progress through the academy at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Ex-Trotters boss Gary Megson paid £1million to bring the midfielder to the Reebok Stadium in January 2009 and Evans, who was an influential figure in the transfer, believes the player has all the capabilities of playing at the top level of the game.

"I've known Mark and his family for many, many years and he's a player whose potential, in my view, is limitless," Evans told The Bolton News.

"I've noted that Owen Coyle regards him highly and that the club have moved to sign him to a long contract, which puts them in an excellent position.

"If Mark progresses, and I think he will, and helps Bolton back into the Premier League, then I think it's inevitable that he will play for a top-four club and for England one day.

"The club have been terrific for him, and I'd say that he has also been terrific for them. And I'd predict that their return on the original investment would be very large indeed.

"But football is an incestuous business and I know for a fact that the big clubs who have watched him throughout his career are still looking at him now.

"At the age of 24, he's got everything going for him. His game has matured and he's striving for that consistency in a team looking to do well this season.

"I know he is happy at the club and I think a lot of credit has to go to Phil Gartside and Eddie Davies because when things are not going well, it's the big decision makers who get it in the neck, but the decision to invest in Mark back then will prove a very sound financial decision, I'm sure.

"I don't see anyone outside the Premier League that matches up to him. The game has changed a lot in the last five years but, for me, he is a perfect example of a modern midfielder. He wouldn't look out of place in Serie A or La Liga, where he would actually get a bit more time on the ball.

"I know he'll be disappointed that Bolton are not up there with the big boys after a long run, but knowing him, I also think he'll work hard to make sure they bounce straight back. I'm sure they can do that too.

"He'll always be in my thoughts. When we brought him to Bolton, not many people knew of him because he'd barely played for Wolves for three years because of niggling injuries.

"I remember sitting up in the director's box with Phil Gartside and watching his debut against Tottenham, where he came up against £25million Luka Modric, £7m Jermaine Jenas and £8m Wilson Palacios and he absolutely ran the show.

"The chairman gave me a pat on the back for that one and I couldn't have been more proud.

"He is still only young and capable of giving Bolton a lot more years of service. He seems to have become more confident and worked on the weaker areas of his game, and there's no doubt in my mind that he can reach the very top in this sport."

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