Captain Fonte hails Southampton teammate Davis

The Saints captain has been impressed with the form of midfielder Davis, who scored twice at the weekend

Captain Fonte hails Southampton teammate Davis
Steven Davis celebrates scoring against Tottenham Hotspur | Photo: Reuters

Southampton captain Jose Fonte has paid tribute to the performances of Steven Davis after the Northern Irishman scored two goals in last weekend’s victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

Davis was vital to the Saints' excellent result against Spurs which saw them come from behind to win the match 2-1 in North London.

The 31-year-old is something of an unsung hero at the club, but teammate Fonte has highlighted Davis’ contribution to the team.

Davis is a "top professional"

Talking to the Saints' official YouTube channel the Portuguese defender labelled the midfielder as a “top professional”, and explains that Davis “goes about his job very well” in the heart of the Saints midfield.

Fonte has been impressed with the form of Davis | Photo: Press Association

Not known for his goalscoring prowess, the midfielder links the play between the more attacking players like Sadio Mane and Dusan Tadic, but he doubled his goal scoring tally for the season at the weekend as he pushed his record for this season up to four goals.

Fonte then paid tribute to an excellent performance at White Hart Lane by Davis that sent the Saints up to sixth place in the Premier League.

He was fantastic. He got two great goals," he continued. "He got in great positions and that is what you need to do.”

Davis ever-present for high-flying Saints

In the seemingly always-revolving door at St Mary’s over the past few seasons, Davis has remained a constant and has cemented his place in the Southampton midfield, winning many plaudits as he quietly goes about his business.

The Saints have one game remaining this season as they welcome Crystal Palace to St Mary’s this weekend in a match Davis will be expected to feature in.

As they prepare to keep hold of their key men next season, with the likes of Mane and Graziano Pelle linked with moves away from the club, it seems Davis will once again remain in the midfield as the South Coast club continue their rise under manager Ronald Koeman.