Curtis Davies

Curtis Davies
Date of Birth:
6' 2" (188cm)
12st 0lbs (76.0kg)
Previous Clubs:
Hull, Birmingham, Leicester (loan), West Brom, Luton
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Curtis Davies looked set for a terrific 2009-10 campaign after starting the season as a central defender alongside Carlos Cuellar.

He even managed to bag a crucial second goal in the 3-1 win at Anfield against Liverpool but shoulder injury to correct a long-standing problem put the classy stopper's season on hold.

Surgery was required and, unfortunately for Davies, when he returned to full fitness Villa were in the throes of a terrific defensive run.

He did make the bench for the remaining months of the season and even managed a run-out as a substitute in the 3-2 home win over Brighton in the fourth round of the FA Cup but ultimately his season was frustrating.

Having endured a somewhat disappointing campaign during his time on loan from West Bromwich Albion, Davies enjoyed a much better second season once he had officially completed his move from The Hawthorns and become a full-fledged Villan.

He played in most matches, regularly producing the classy form which had persuaded manager Martin O'Neill to sign him.

He also scored his second goal in claret and blue - ironically against the Baggies.

And where he had been unable to suppress his delight when he opened his account at Wigan in December 2009, he was subdued on this occasion, not wishing to insult his former club.

The gesture was typical about a man who is very much the thinking man's footballer.

How many other players, for instance, would have publicly described themselves as "no better than a pub footballer", as Davies did following a catastrophic Villa debut against Leicester City in a League Cup defeat?

Davies, who began his career with Luton Town, became Albion's most expensive defender when he joined them for £3m in 2005.

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