Toon keeping tabs on Bolton midfielder

Davies in action for Bolton
Newcastle are said to be keeping tabs on Bolton Wanderers midfielder Mark Davies if reports in the local press are to be believed.

It is thought that the 23-year-old (very soon to be 24-year-old) is being looked at as an option to boost the central midfield area as the club seek to add more depth to a squad that, at times, has been left wanting this season.

Bolton are embroiled in a relegation battle, but should the worst happen and Owen Coyle’s men end up plying their trade in the Championship next season, you can bet your bottom dollar that other teams will be looking to snap up the better players from their squad. In my view, Davies falls into that category and I’ve been nothing short of impressed with him every time I’ve seen him in action.

Owen Coyle may have likened the former England U19 international to Paul Gascoigne, but I fully believe that is a failed comparison as there aren’t many players like Gazza. What I do see is a Paul Scholes type of player in Mark Davies. He’ll work hard, spread the play and pop up in the box to add a finishing touch to an attacking move.

Do we really need him though? In my mind, no. We have Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Danny Guthrie and Dan Gosling to start with, plus James Perch, Mehdi Abeid and perhaps Haris Vuckic if he can slot into midfield. He’d certainly be the attacking one of a midfield pairing anyway.

That’s assuming we manage to keep hold of our current in the summer. Danny Guthrie is at risk of leaving the club in the summer as his contract expires so we could do with another midfielder if he does decide to journey on to pastures new. Other than that scenario, I fully believe we should be looking to strengthen elsewhere first. I won’t mention where again as it’s pretty common knowledge amongst all bloggers as, for once, we all share the same view on that particular debate…

So back to Davies. You’ve heard my opinion, but what about yours? Of course won’t get very far without the obligatory YouTube videoto showcase the lad so here goes.

Worth a punt for a reasonable fee? Or money better off being spent elsewhere?

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25 thoughts on “Toon keeping tabs on Bolton midfielder

  1. What do we need him for. Is he going to replace Cabaye? Tiote? Guthrie? I hope not…
    What we need is another holding midfielder to keep Cheik on his toes…

    Don’t want him…


  2. There’s going to be a big re shuffle of the squad in the summer and that will mean players leaving, so they’ll need replaced.


  3. If they get him in then fair enough. We dont score enough goals from midfield, maybe he would give us something different. It may mean one of the others will be leaving such as Perch, Gosling or Guthrie – but he would certainly be a plus, so I’m all for it as long as we strengthen in more neccessary areas too… πŸ˜€


  4. Shamrock
    Let’s hope its one of then leaving… Still I don’t think we’ve seen enough of Gosling to say he won’t make it. He looked our best player preseason.
    Guthrie has looked very good.
    Perch, I’m sorry, I just don’t rate enough for the premiership.


  5. what we should be looking for is a really pacy defender . How many times has Colo been found wanting lately against a quick thru ball. Its cost us big time . Priorities, ?????


  6. JJ I dont even know what Gosling’s best position is anymore. He’s a bit of a mystery. He’s on a long term contract though and is still very young, so reckon he will still be around next term.

    Fact is Guthrie has still not signed and after his performances this season there will be plenty of suitors for him offering regular guaranteed 1st team football. He still wont get that here with Tiote & Cabaye fit…

    Agreed re: Perch. He has done really well of late, but still not good enough to realistically challenge Tiote and that’s what we need – competition for places. He cant play any other position either at this level, so yes – reckon he will be gone too.

    Stuart I think you are right, lots of changes this summer.


  7. I hope the club concentrate on strengthening the squad where it needs it, Davis is a decent player, but imo he isn’t any better than Guthrie. But then I don’t know if Guthrie will stay as I think he wants regular footie, and imo he deserves it.


  8. Am I the only who isnt entirely convinced with guthrie?
    He seems to have a brilliant game and then a poor one. I know you cant play every game at the peak of your powers but im not convinced.

    Davies is a good player have seen him play a couple of times and is full of energy but can only see him as back up much like guthrie


  9. no better than we’ve already got and has only made a name for himself this season, but at 24 he still has time to be a good player.

    But it all depends on players leaving in the Summer. I’d be pretty dissapointed if he was bought to replace Cabaye or Tiote. Fair enough Perch or Guthrie but I’d rather just give Guthrie a new contract, as long as he’s not being too greedy.


  10. I think that Mark Davies is being looked at as a direct replacement for Guthrie.
    Guthrie is going to see how much game time he gets with Cabaye and Tiote back and leave on a free if it’s not that much i reckon. Fair play to him, i always respect players moving for first team football.


  11. Dave @7 – Guthrie is excellent for us, strong squad player capable of pushing Cabaye. Means increased pressure to do well in that position and better performances as a result. However, he is worth being undisbuted 1st choice at a lot of other top flight clubs and can see him going…

    Shame, but that’s football. Ifit happens, Davies would be an ideal replacement.


  12. Dave even worse .com πŸ‘Ώ

    Dont really know what would possess a man to go over there πŸ˜†

    Shamrock – he is a good squad player but cant see him ever nailing a first team place at nufc especially but it would be a shame to see him leave.

    He is also far too injury prone for me.


  13. LST – I think we are seeing the kind of consistency from him that could mean he’s a serious contender for Cabaye’s shirt in the long term, but with time not on his side it is likely he will be off for sure. Going to be hard to convince anybody as good as him or better to join us knowing that Cabaye & Tiote have the 1st team shirts firmly attached to their backs though… πŸ˜•


  14. Sham I think imo there is players that are bench players Willo, Perch to name 2 .
    But then you get players that offer more than just bench players.
    Imo Guthrie and Raylor are 2 that would do a brilliant job for a bottom half team and would be the 1st few names on the team sheet.
    As for Troy 😯 I guess he’s just looking for a bit of banter. πŸ˜•


  15. Yep agreed with 19. Think of teams with no money that would jump at the chance of slotting him into their starting 11 or just decent sides that have potential to push the top 8 – Everton, Villa, Fulham… Attractive sides.


  16. Hes a decent little player and he can also play on the right which has been a problem position since Joseph minced of the london in his skinny jeans, Would rather Diame for nowt though.

    Priority should be adding more depth to the defence: Vertongan, Cissokho and Douglas please… 😎


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