As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Southampton boss Adkins tribute to axed Davis

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins paid tribute to club captain Kelvin Davis after dropping him for victory over Aston Villa.

Young Argentinian Paulo Gazzaniga came in for his Premier League debut after Adkins made the big call to leave out Davis, following his concession of 14 goals in four successive defeats.

Adkins told the Daily Echo: "Kelvin Davis has been outstanding since I joined this football club.

"He's the ultimate professional and a major player in what's happened at Southampton in the last few years.

"But I have to make a decision, that's what I'm paid to do.

"I told him on Thursday of my decision and he responded exactly as I would expect - in a positive, professional manner because he's a top pro.

"Paulo has put in a good performance. He caught the ball when he needed to, kicked it well and made a good block in the second half."

Need a VPN? Or seeking to switch? Then support Tribal Football by clicking here to sign up with our official partners NordVPN. Not only will you receive the best VPN experience, but also great discounts by signing up via Tribal Football. Thanks for your support!

Video of the day:

About the author

Tribal Football Staff

Have your say

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free