Joe Davis (footballer, born 1993)

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Joe Davis
Personal information
Full name Joseph Steven Davis[1]
Date of birth (1993-11-10) 10 November 1993 (age 20)[2]
Place of birth Burnley, England[3]
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[4]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Youth career
2002–2011 Port Vale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Port Vale 27 (0)
2013–2014 Luton Town (loan) 6 (0)
2014– Leicester City 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 13 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Joe Davis (born 10 November 1993) is an English football defender who plays for Premier League side Leicester City.

He is son to Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis and brother to Harry Davis, who plays under their father at Crewe. He played a minor role as Port Vale secured promotion out of League Two in 2012–13. He left Port Vale to join the Leicester City Academy in June 2014.

Playing career[edit]

Port Vale[edit]

Burnley born Davis started his career in the youth ranks at Port Vale in 2002. Described as a "natural born leader",[5] he was handed the number 25 shirt for the 2010–11 season, making the bench in October 2010. This came a month after a highly impressive reserve team performance against Sheffield Wednesday.[6] His debut came on 30 April 2011, as he came off the bench at Vale Park to replace Gareth Owen seventy minutes into a 7–2 win over Morecambe; Ryan Lloyd also made his debut at the same time.[7]

The 2011–12 season was the final year of his youth contract. He made his second appearance at senior level on 17 March, when he replaced Paul Marshall 49 minutes into a 3–2 defeat to Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium; manager Micky Adams put him on as centre-back Clayton McDonald had just been sent off.[8] McDonald's subsequent suspension gave Davis the opportunity to start against Hereford United three days later, Adams saying "he'll either sink or swim".[9] He was voted man-of-the-match after he produced "a disciplined defensive display beyond his tender years".[10] However he was sent off 69 minutes into the next game for a professional foul on Torquay United's Rene Howe; the penalty was converted to cost the "Valiants" a 2–1 defeat at Plainmoor.[11] With Clayton McDonald facing legal issues, Davis was given an extended run in the team towards the end of the 2011–12 season, thus securing the 18-year old apprentice his first professional contract.[12] At the end of the season he was given both the club's Youth and Young Player of the Year awards.[13] He announced his intention to accept the club's offer of a new two-year contract in June 2012.[14] Despite being one of the last of the 16 players offered contracts to commit his future to the club, Micky Adams said that the deal was "never in doubt" and told the media of the "excellent potential" he saw in the young defender.[15]

Davis started the opening game of the 2012–13 season, a 3–1 home defeat to Burnley in the League Cup, but was substituted at half-time following a mistimed back-pass that allowed Charlie Austin to score for Burnley.[16] His replacement, Clayton McDonald, then formed an impressive partnership with John McCombe to leave Davis on the sidelines. Facing Northampton Town away at Sixfields on 27 October, Gareth Owen filled the gap left after McDonald picked up a one game suspension, though was replaced by Davis at half-time after picking up an injury; McCombe was also sent-off in the game, leaving Davis to cope adequately at centre-back alongside fellow teenager Kingsley James.[17] Vale secured promotion at the end of the season with a third-place finish, though Davis featured on only ten occasions.

Having failed to make an appearance for Port Vale at the start of the 2013–14 season, he was loaned out to Conference Premier club Luton Town in November 2013.[18] He played nine times for the "Hatters", with the club winning seven and drawing two games with Davis in the side. Luton manager John Still requested an extension to the loan but Micky Adams called Davis back to Vale Park to provide cover for the injured Richard Duffy.[19] On 11 January an injury crisis meant that he started in an inexperienced centre-back partnership with 19 year-old Jack Grimmer as Vale lost 2–0 to league leaders Brentford at Griffin Park.[20] He was publicly praised by Adams for his performance in the match,[21] and told the press that "I'm hoping to cement my place and get myself going again."[22]

Leicester City[edit]

In June 2014, Davis joined Premier League side Leicester City, who placed him in their development squad.[23]

Style of play[edit]

Elder brother Harry described him as "a tough tackler... he'll put his head in anywhere".[24] Defensive partner John McCombe added that "he's aggressive and reads the game well."[25]

Personal life[edit]

His father is Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis, and his elder brother Harry plays for Crewe – all three family members are defenders.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[27] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2010–11[28] Port Vale League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12[29] 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2012–13[30] 7 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 10 0
2013–14[31] League One 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2013–14[31] Luton Town (loan) Conference Premier 6 0 0 0 3 0 9 0
Total 27 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 31 0
2014–15[32] Leicester City Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 33 0 2 0 1 0 4 0 40 0

Honours[edit]

Individual
with Port Vale

References[edit]

  1. ^ "search births indexes 1837 – 2006". Findmypast.com. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "Name: Joe Davis". port-vale.co.uk. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Port Vale defender Joe Davis agrees to sign new two-year deal". BBC Sport. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 513. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  5. ^ Shaw, Steve (14 October 2010). "Port Vale: Youth team manager Mick Ede excited by Vale's future". The Sentinel. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Port Vale: Joe Davis rises above Owls as Vale second-string impress". The Sentinel. 8 September 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Steve Shaw. "Port Vale: Vale hit seven, but promotion heaven remains another glut of goals away". The Sentinel. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Crawley 3 – 2 Port Vale". BBC Sport. 17 March 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Port Vale: I'm ready for first start, says Davis". The Sentinel. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Match report: Port Vale 1, Hereford United 0". The Sentinel. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Port Vale: Torquay match analysis". The Sentinel. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Port Vale will offer Joe Davis professional contract". BBC Sport. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Loft grateful for award success". The Sentinel. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Davis agrees to sign". port-vale.co.uk. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Davis agrees new Vale deal". Sky Sports. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Port Vale 1 – 3 Burnley". BBC Sport. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Northampton 2 – 0 Port Vale". BBC Sport. 27 October 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "Luton Town sign Pelly Ruddock, Joe Davis and Alfie Mawson". BBC Sport. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  19. ^ "Chris Lines could be fit for Brentford trip". The Sentinel. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  20. ^ Baggaley, Mike (11 January 2014). "Micky Adams targets loan signings after Gavin Tomlin joins Vale injury list". The Sentinel. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  21. ^ "Micky Adams praises Joe Davis and Jack Grimmer". The Sentinel. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "I'm ready to stake Valiants claim, says Joe Davis". The Sentinel. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "Joe Davis completes move to Leicester City". The Sentinel. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "Crewe Alex: Harry looks for family bragging rights". The Sentinel. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  25. ^ "McCombe ready to pledge his future to Vale". The Sentinel. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  26. ^ "Port Vale: Ede believes potential is there". The Sentinel. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  27. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy and FA Trophy.
  28. ^ "Games played by Joe Davis in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Joe Davis in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Joe Davis in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  31. ^ a b "Games played by Joe Davis in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Joe Davis in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 

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