Davies, who will be returned to a striker's role with Anelka's departure, told the Independent on Sunday: "It's a difficult role playing out wide, trying to support your full-back and getting up there as well, it's hard graft. It's not a criticism of Nic, but sometimes as a striker you have to fill in and give the wide men a bit of a breather. In the first two years here I'd play like that with 'Dioufi'. Maybe we'll be willing to rotate and help people out a bit more like that.
"He's a world-class player but it's a good piece of business for the club, they've made a great profit. We feel we'll be okay. We're moving out of the mess but he's not done it by himself. He gets the goals but he didn't bring other things to the team, the work-rate and things like that, so maybe whoever comes in can bring different attributes to help the team."