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Steven Davis admits frustration over lack of playing time

Southampton have had a mixed start to their Premier League campaign following the opening four games, however, one player is not quite happy with how things have gone so far.

According to a report by The Daily Mail, Steven Davis has revealed he is frustrated with his lack of first-team action so far and has spoken to Mark Hughes about his concerns.

The midfielder, who is currently away on international duty with Northern Ireland, has made just one appearance for the Saints, which was during their 1-0 victory against Brighton and Hove Albion, which was in the League Cup.

To make things worse for the 33-year-old, he has only made the substitutes bench on two occasions, although he has been recovering from an injury he picked up during last season’s campaign.

“It’s quite open and we’ve had a chat,” he told the Daily Mail.

“I played in a cup game the other night and obviously it was good to get 90 minutes under the belt and I look forward to getting stuck into the games here as well.

“Ultimately it’s frustration, as it is for any player who isn’t playing. That’s the aim every week when you go to training and get yourself ready to play on a Saturday. But things in football can change very quickly.”

The Verdict:

Davis played a crucial role for Southampton last season and you would have to feel that he could play the same influential role for them again during this campaign.

It could quite simply be that he is just returning from the injury and Hughes is just looking to bring him back into the team slowly to ensure he eases him into action.

However, with the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Mario Lemina in the middle, plus the likes of Stuart Armstrong also vying for a place in the first-team, Davis could struggle to find regular Premier League football this season.

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