Steven Davis MBE, is the epitome of a good, old-fashioned, consummate pro. In what has often been turbulent times at St Mary’s, the Northern Irishman has always had an air of poise about him. Yet, with the Saints embarking on another relegation dogfight, Steven Davis is out of the picture.

Arriving in the summer of 2012, the 33 year old has just about seen it all at the club. Being a mainstay of the team throughout, including under the Pochettino and Koeman eras, Davis was integral to Southampton and played a significant role in their rise into European football. Not only was he consistent, but his hardworking, no nonsense attitude was infectious for those at Staplewood.
Establishing himself as a firm  fans favourite on the south coast, Steven Davis was given the club captaincy after Jose Fonte left the club. However, since then, the former Rangers and Aston Villa man has been cast aside.

With collective performances on the pitch rapidly going downhill and upstairs quite frankly, being a mess, Steven Davis has been made powerless to stop the rot. Playing in a team that is nowhere near what it was in the seemingly glory days, Davis has certainly come under unfair criticism, with popular claims of: “he’s past it.” Isolated by former boss, Mark Hughes, he has barely kicked a ball in anger this season, making just three appearances.

What’s staggering is that during a time where the squad appear to be mentally weak and lack the resilience in important matches, it is painful to see they are crying out for a leader. Don’t you think, the Northern Ireland captain could help that? You could understand if the team was playing well and flying high in the table; but the harsh reality is that they are second to bottom in the Premier League and staring down the barrel of the Championship.

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Players such as James Ward-Prowse, who plays a similar role to Davis, are consistently in the squad every week, yet barely make an impact on proceedings. They all seem to have umpteen chances to prove themselves. Yet still, there you have Steven Davis, up in the stands, having hardly played any football but being castigated by sections of supporters.

With the January window coming up, you could not blame Steven Davis for seeking a move. Admitting to be “frustrated with game time” in a recent interview, it is feasible for the man to seek a move back to Rangers after revealing he would like to finish his career at Ibrox.

Although appearing to be a quiet, unassuming man, Steven Davis sets an example on and off the pitch. In a world where footballers are seen to be flashy, diva-like individuals, the long-serving Saint is a person who calmly seems to appreciate living out his boyhood dream. Never one to moan or cause a fuss, Davis has been an outstanding servant to the club. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, it looks inevitable his time at Southampton is coming to a halt.

In a cut-throat, selfish footballing world, where the fans bemoan players about loyalty and attitude, supporters need to realise what they currently have in Steven Davis, MBE. Perhaps, the only way of understanding is when he’s been pushed out the exit door.

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