Ifil out, Davies in

Last updated : 10 January 2008 By Chris C
First things first, Davies is an excellent signing and in difficult financial times it showed just how much the club wanted to keep him by forking out a fee of around £1m.

After a shakey start, traditionally out of position at left back, he has grown in stature and confidence and was largely responsible for the improvement in our defensive fortunes forming an excellent partnership with Bennett.

Unfortunately, Bennett has been recalled with Reading losing two defenders to the African Nations Cup. There is a chance that he will be back later in the season or in the summer.

Thomas is fit again and it is only hoped that he can form an equally good partnership with Davies. Davies has surprised many with the rare ability to bring the ball out of defence and has a good combination of grit and class.

Worse news is that Saints have missed out on Phil Ifil, surprisingly to relegation zone Colchester. Ifil has looked a quality player and with all due respect to Colchester deserves to be at least in the upper reaches of the Championship.

Saints were keen to extend his loan, but Spurs clearly keener to sell and Saints had to make the call between Davies and Ifil. Right back is a concern with Ostlund and Makin still injured and Wright still to convince many fans in that position, even if Burley himself is a convert. Thomas is another option but is far better suited at centre back.