Davies’ despair at ‘spare-part’ role

The centre-back moved to Villa Park in 2007, making the short
journey across the West Midlands from West Brom. He initially
settled well and was regularly touted as a potential England
international of the future. However, things started to unravel
last season, with a shoulder operation not helping his cause, and
he soon found himself out of favour. He has gone 14 long months
since he last appeared in a Premier League fixture, with former
Villa boss O’Neill having overlooked him at every opportunity.
Davies has recently linked up with Championship side Leicester on
loan in an effort to get regular games and is enjoying his football
again. He does, however, admit that he is almost starting from
scratch after becoming the forgotten man at Villa Park. “My
career’s not just stalled massively, it’s slowly come to a stop,”
Davies said after making his Foxes debut against Hull City on
Saturday. “People describe me as lacking form, but how can you have
a lack of form if you don’t have any games? “I wasn’t allowed on
loan in January and was kept as a spare part basically. “Promises
were broken. To be cast aside was a bitter pill to swallow. “I
didn’t want to leave the club. I wanted to go out on loan, get
games, then come back and fight for my place. “I was told I was
next in line for a game, but that usually means on the bench, not
watching games at home on Sky.”