David Davis wasn’t having any of the respectful celebration rule. Rattling home a composed drive in Birmingham City’s 2-1 win at Midlands rivals Wolves in February, the 26-year-old midfielder raised his index finger and shushed the furious Molineux support.
However, with just three games to go before the end of the season, Wolves may have the last laugh. Birmingham are teetering above the relegation zone after a horrific run of two wins in 24 games and have parachuted in veteran boss Harry Redknapp to gee-up the players before it’s too late.
Though, despite Davis only signing a new contract at St Andrews earlier in the season, he will surely be in relatively high demand if The Blues suffer the unthinkable drop into the second tier.
According to the Birmingham Mail, Queens Park Rangers and Nottingham Forest were among the side’s monitoring the industrious midfielder’s contract situation back in January. And although grabbing him on a free is no longer a possibility, the Championship duo are in need of midfield reinforcements and should consider ring-fencing part of their budget to target Davis in the summer.
After all, Forest’s veteran midfield duo, Chris Cohen and David Vaughan (below), have a combined age of 64 and face uncertain futures with their contract’s expiring. Mark Warburton needs a younger, long-term solution as he attempts to build a side capable of dominating possession.
Davis, though a far more rounded player than the limited Henry, offers the chest-thumping, lung-busting midfield sparring that could make Forest and QPR less of a soft touch next season.
Therefore, a little thing like a contract should not prevent them renewing their interest – especially if Redknapp can’t work his wonders at St Andrews.