Davis reaches 150 appearances for Saints

By SFC Media time Mon 04 Apr Club

Steven Davis made his 150th appearance in a Southampton shirt on Sunday at Leicester City.

The midfielder’s efforts since joining from Scottish side Rangers, as Saints embarked on their first season back in the Premier League in 2012, have not gone unnoticed by supporters, and managers alike.

His impact was immediate. A goal on his debut as Saints were narrowly beaten by reigning champions Manchester City on the opening day of the 2012/13 season set the tone for an impressive first campaign back in England.

The Northern Ireland captain featured regularly under manager Nigel Adkins, but started on the bench when Mauricio Pochettino arrived at the club in January 2013.

His first start came in Pochettino’s fourth game in charge, and once again Davis delivered against the reigning champions, as he scored to help Saints to an impressive 3-1 win at St Mary’s.

After missing the game at Norwich City, and coming off the bench in a home win against Liverpool, Davis started all eight of the final games of the season to help Saints finish 14th in their first campaign back in the top flight.

Davis didn’t feature in four of the opening ten matches the following league campaign, but was involved in every game thereafter as Saints enjoyed a memorable season under Pochettino.

The midfielder grabbed a brace in a 5-1 Capital One Cup win against Barnsley, but it wasn’t until September he really made his mark in the Premier League.

His first league goal of the season came in a 4-1 win against Hull City, while back-to-back assists in draws with Manchester City and Newcastle United highlighted his importance going forward.

Davis’s second and final league goal of the campaign came in a 2-2 draw with Stoke City, as the midfielder ended the season with ten assists and four goals from his 40 games in all competitions.

His importance to the team following Ronald Koeman’s arrival in the summer of 2014 was evident from the off, as he featured in every league game up until November.

Davis’s early-season form also saw him rewarded with a new contract, that would tie him to the club until 2018, before wearing the captain’s armband for the first time in a Boxing Day win at Crystal Palace with José Fonte absent.

Despite his impressive displays, Davis didn’t find the net during the 2014/15 campaign, but his contribution was invaluable as Saints recorded their highest ever Premier League points tally.

The midfielder finally got back among the goals as Southampton picked up a memorable 3-1 win at reigning champions Chelsea in early October 2015, before finding the net again a month later in a 2-0 home win against Bournemouth.

Davis, other than a three-game spell out of the side through injury in February, has featured in every league game so far this season, and has grabbed three assists already in 2016.

Another win against Stoke City in the absence of Fonte means it’s two wins from two as Saints captain for Davis, who will now be looking to end the season positively ahead of UEFA EURO 2016 with Northern Ireland in the summer. 

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