Rohan Ricketts: "Fulham Beware, Bolton's Mark Davies Will Be The English Iniesta"

Tired of hearing England don't have technically competent midfielders? Meet a player in the Premier League with all the markings of footballing excellence.
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Tired of hearing England don't have technically competent midfielders? Meet a player in the Premier League with all the markings of footballing excellence.

Some of you might have seen that I predicted the Arsenal vs Barcelona score and all the scorers correctly, well I’ve got a new one for you.  Watch out for this kid Mark Davies, he’s going to be the English Iniesta.

He plays for Bolton so no one’s really watching him but I’ve been saying for a while that he’s quality and now the media is waking up. Of course if his name was ‘Jose’ then everyone would be shouting about him more. It’s sad because he’s English and playing for an unfashionable club, he’s slipped under the radar.

I first noticed him when we were both at Wolves between 2007-09 when Mark was just 18. I remember wondering who this kid was that looked like he had walked off the set of Grange Hill. But he had made his debut at 16 and just signed a new five year contract and so I knew there must have been something about him. I was keeping him out of the team at Wolves and then I got injured and I got a chance to see him play. All of a sudden this normal looking boy got out on the pitch and he was on fire.

Watch him closely on Sunday when Bolton play Fulham in the FA Cup and you’ll see he’s like the Barcelona star in a number of ways. He’s a central midfielder than can travel with the ball, he really explodes past players with the ball. He’s box to box, can beat the opposition and can score goals – he’s incredibly dexterous on the ball. He run games – he’s special!

Of course if his name was ‘Jose’ then everyone would be shouting about him more. It’s sad because he’s English and playing for an unfashionable club, he’s slipped under the radar.

Everyone’s talking about Jack Wilshere these days – especially after that performance against Barca but I reckon this lad Davies is as good as, if not, even better than Jack. The reason I say he could be better is because of his sheer explosiveness on the ball. He’d be amazing at Arsenal because he’d be allowed to be dynamic, technical and flamboyant. I reckon Arsene Wenger should snap him up right now.

Mark Davies is definitely going to play for England before the season is over. In fact, he’s the kind of player England needs to build their game around. Watch out for him – he’s frightening. This boy’s the truth.

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