Robbo sees skipper in Davies
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bryan Robson has identified Curtis Davies as a potential West Brom captain.West Brom boss Bryan Robson has identified young stopper Curtis Davies as a potential Baggies captain after his impressive start to Premiership life.
The 20-year-old moved to the Midlands for what looked like a substantial outlay of £3 million to Luton Town on transfer deadline day, however he has settled in well amongst the Premiership stars at The Hawthorns and has started ten games in England's top flight.
Davies was touted as one of The Championship's finest talents after just a handful of games at Kenilworth Road this season, and he has taken his development onto a wider stage under Robson's tutelage.
However the Baggies boss believes the England Under-21 man is far from completing his learning curve, and has hailed him as a future captain of the club.
"Curtis is definitely captaincy material as he speaks during games and is a confident young lad who can go all the way," said Robson.
"He has got a great chance of improving and going further. That is a challenge for him.
"But to reach the top has got to be better than the other centre-halves in the country.
"If you want to improve and be a top player then you have to be better than those are about.
"That is his challenge and that is what will make him a better player but he is willing to learn."
Davies is blessed with impressive pace and a keen eye for the game, and the former Hatter says he was always confident of nailing down a spot in Robson's starting XI after his quick elevation to first team duties.
Aside from a couple of high profile mistakes, such as a misjudged backpass that allowed Shefki Kuqi to score in Blackburn's 2-0 defeat in October, Davies has been pleased with his contribution so far and is keen to continue learning from the Premiership's best stoppers.
"I thought I would have had to bide my time a bit longer but felt as soon as I'd got my chance that I could stay in the side," said Davies.
"The manager from the beginning always gave me hope that, if I played and did well, he wouldn't take me out. I was confident in my ability and that I could keep myself in.
"I knew it was just a case of getting into the team which I did in my second game.
"I have made one or two lapses which I haven't been happy with - basic errors - but it's been a big learning curve for me. I'm enjoying playing and hope I can kick-on from here."
The childhood Manchester United fan idolises Red Devils star Rio Ferdinand, but has drawn inspiration from a range of figures in his progression from Wimbledon trainee to Premiership star.
"Nowadays I like Rio Ferdinand and John Terry but also the likes of Tony Adams and especially Gary Pallister and Steve Bruce because I was a Manchester United fan and with the way they worked together.
"They didn't have much pace but they were champions with Manchester United.
"There are loads of different types of defenders you can look at but at the moment I think John Terry is the best out of everyone in the Premier League."
Davies was drafted into Peter Taylor's England Under 21 squad for the culmination of their European Championship campaign, and he is keen for further international honours in the future.
"I hope I can play a part. There are some good young players like Stephen Taylor, Anton Ferdinand and Liam Ridgwell in there that I've got to compete with.
"But if I can keep playing well, and if I get a chance, then hopefully I can keep in there.
"Obviously if I keep myself in the West Brom team then I have a chance of staying in the Under 21 squads. I know if I was given a chance I'd thrive on it."