Q&A Special - Preston Fan on Craig Davies

  • May 09, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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With a place in the Championship potentially three games away, a Preston North End supporter tells us about Craig Davies' time at Deepdale.

Davies joined the League One play-off qualifiers on the final day of the January transfer window, on a loan deal which saw him stay at Wanderers' near neighbours for the remainder of the campaign.

In our latest edition of Q&A, Preston fan Steven Ward (@WardyPne) tells us about the two sides to Davies' game, his hat-trick against Carlisle United and why he wouldn't be against making the deal permanent in the summer.

Q: Craig Davies made 15 appearances for Preston this season, scoring five goals. How would you sum up his time at Deepdale?

A: The best way to describe his time so far is inconsistent. He started off great, but the last seven or eight games has seen him in and out of the squad.

At times he is unplayable at this level, but at other times he just looks very lazy.

Q: Davies netted a hat-trick against Carlisle United in April, but has found himself in and out of the team under Simon Grayson. Did he deserve a regular role, or did his hat-trick cloud over some poor performances before it?

A: He had an absolute shocker in the first-half of that game and wasn't even supposed to start, but Joe Garner's wife went into labour just before the warm-ups so he (Davies) ended up playing.

He was unplayable in the second-half, with a cracking finish for the third goal, and Carlisle couldn't handle him - totally the opposite to the first half.

To be honest, he lost his place because of the form of Stuart Beavon, who took his chance. Beavon doesn't score many but will run all game and create chances. We also have Kevin Davies, who, of course, is a legend at Bolton, so there is tough competition.

Q: Having scored just four times in 28 appearances for Bolton, do you think he is good enough to play in the Championship or should we be looking for alternative options next season?

A: On his day, he looks like he can play in any league as his strength and ability to shoot from range is very good. But I guess it comes down to whether he can find the form he had at Barnsley on a regular basis.

I'd assume you won't be able to carry him and Beckford, who I see as another good player who needs to be more consistent.

You need to recall Marvin Sordell though, as I reckon he could be a major player for you next season. One of my good friends is a Bolton season ticket holder and he is livid he's been loaned out all season.

The striker on loan from Middlesbrough - Lukas Jutkiewicz - seems to have done very well too, so you could end up with a very good forward line next season.

Q: With 12 months left on his Bolton contract, would you like to see the deal made permanent in the summer and do you think it's something Grayson would be interested in?

A: Yes, I would like to see it made permanent, but it all comes down to whether we get promoted or not.

I don't know whether wages would be an issue in League One, with the Fair Play rules, but, like I've said before, on his day he looks like a top player and he and Garner have the potential to be a lethal partnership.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Steven for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more of his views by following him on Twitter - @WardyPne.

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