Ex-Manchester United hero Darren Fletcher has claimed that Rangers midfielder Steven Davis was Southampton’s “best player” during his time at St. Mary’s.
The ex-Scotland captain faced off against Northern Ireland legend Davo multiple times in the Premier League and was speaking about the Ulsterman as he matched Pat Jennings’ Northern Irish cap record.
Talking up the ability of the midfielder, Fletcher claimed that Davis was far-and-away the Saints best midfielder despite the likes of ex-Celtic man Victor Wanyama playing alongside him.
“He was the hardest to play against, by far. He was their best player”
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“When he was at Rangers, the Rangers players raved about him,” said Fletcher [Sky Sports: Czech Repubic v Scotland 07/09/20].
“When we used to play against Southampton when he moved to Southampton, people talked about their stars who ended up being sold on for big money, their midfielders.
“He was the hardest to play against, by far. He was their best player.
“So Wanyama went to Tottenham and Schneiderlin went to Manchester United, for me playing against Southampton when they had all them Steven Davis was their best midfielder.”
It’s high praise indeed from a fellow midfielder who spent 12 years at Manchester United and another four playing at the highest level in England.
Fletcher’s comments show just how much he rates Rangers and Northern Ireland legend Davis.
Ex-Celtic man Victory Wanyama moved to Tottenham in an impressive £11m move back in 2016.
Morgan Schneiderlin, who was also a French international, cost Manchester United a cool £25m meaning that Fletcher rated Davis more than £36m of combined talent.
Davis moved to Southampton in the aftermath of 2012 and spent six-and-a-half years on the English south coast before returning to Ibrox in January 2019.
Davo made over 200 appearances for the St. Mary’s club and remains highly thought of down south.