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Leighton James column: 'Ben Davies PFA snub is an insult'

By SWEP_DafP  |  Posted: April 24, 2013

Swansea City left-back Ben Davies was overlooked for the PFA Young Player of the Year award

Swansea City left-back Ben Davies was overlooked for the PFA Young Player of the Year award

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BEN Davies's omission from the PFA Young Player of the Year shortlist is an insult.

It is in an insult to Davies as well as an insult to Swansea City, and the Premier League footballers who voted for their nominees must take a long, hard look at themselves.

Davies has been absolutely outstanding this season.

If there are six better young players in the country than Davies, I'm a Dutchman!

The six on the shortlist are Danny Welbeck, Eden Hazard, Christian Benteke, Jack Wilshere, Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Bale.

There are some great players there, and I can see Bale walking away with both that award and the PFA Player of the Year gong.

But Hazard has only been good in flashes this season, while Welbeck, a striker, has managed a paltry two goals from his 39 appearances in all competitions this season.

It's obvious that Welbeck is there purely because he plays for Manchester United.

For Davies, it seems he is paying the price for not playing for one of the Premier League's heavyweights.

For me, it leaves a real bitter taste at the end of what has been a great season.

I thought Rickie Lambert was spot on when he said it was "shocking" that Michu had missed out on a nomination for the PFA Player of the Year.

The Spaniard has had an exceptional first season with the Swans, but he is up against some of the world's best players in the senior category — the likes of Bale, Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez.

It's still a shock that Michu was overlooked, but I'm absolutely stunned by Davies's omission.

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  • Philcwmavon  |  April 24 2013, 9:04PM

    Will Suarez be in the running for "Sportsman Of The Year"?

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  April 24 2013, 6:05PM

    Once again, if Ben had been in one of the top six or "favoured" clubs he might have had a chance but playing fantastically well all season in one of the top leagues in the world counts for nothing if the club is Swansea City. I can't agree that Lukaku should win it he has been blowing hot and cold most of the season, is a bit immature and struggled to get into the side for some time.

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  • Swanfrancisco  |  April 24 2013, 4:59PM

    Your a Dutchman?????

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  • Swanfrancisco  |  April 24 2013, 4:59PM

    Your a Dutchman?????

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  • Swanfrancisco  |  April 24 2013, 4:59PM

    Your a Dutchman?????

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  • Swanfrancisco  |  April 24 2013, 4:59PM

    Your a Dutchman?????

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  • jackarmymark  |  April 24 2013, 3:24PM

    just face it people we are a welsh club in an english league even if michu had scored the most goals he wouldnt be there as for davies he is the best inexpierenced young player in the league just goes to show how corrupt it is

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  • Spideyjonesy  |  April 24 2013, 3:10PM

    I know there is an age limit on these things, but bale and wilshire are internationals who have several years experience in the top flight. Hardly what this award is all about davies should be in the running but lukaku should win the thing

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  • Philosoraptor  |  April 24 2013, 2:51PM

    "Danny Welbeck Striker 2012/2013 Goals - One. Jack Wilshire Attacking Midfielder 2012/2013 Goals - Zero. Yup, they deserve to be there! /sarc"

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