This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
England may have thought that they had a future star on their hands when they saw Kevin Davies playing for Southampton in the late-90s.
Nine goals and an assist in just 24 league outings for the Saints (per Transfermarkt), saw the Sheffield-born striker become one of the top-flight’s deadliest marksman, and attracted interest from a host of fellow Premier League teams in desperate need of a consistent goalscorer.
Blackburn Rovers were among those teams, then managed by Roy Hodgson, and paid £7.5m to secure his signature – ten times more than what Saints had paid Chesterfield for him just one year earlier (via B/R Football).
The allure of European football would have attracted Davies; Blackburn were playing in the UEFA Cup at the time and would have offered a more significant opportunity to showcase his talents to a broader audience than Southampton did.
However, the move didn’t turn out to be a successful one as Davies found the net just once all season, and Rovers were relegated to the second-tier. A real nightmare.
Interestingly enough, he actually scored more goals against the Rovers (4) than he did for them, with many coming for locals rivals Bolton Wanderers, of course.
Davies returned to Southampton in a player swap deal at the end of the 1998/99 campaign, and actually managed to forge a hugely respectable career in the top-flight, scoring 88 goals in 444 Premier League appearances.
Davies even earned himself an England call-up in 2010 for a Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro after a series of impressive performances for Bolton Wanderers, aged 33. That was to be his only contribution for the Three Lions senior side, however.
All in all, Davies can look back on his career and deem it a success, though his brief spell at Ewood Park is certainly not part of that success; we’re sure that Blackburn probably agree.
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