Regardless of stats - against a non existent midfield did he manage to actually do anything?
Game changed when we brought on our best 1v1 player.
Yes, he did lots. That's sort of my point.
He showed for the ball.
He turned with the ball as soon as he received it.
He looked to make a forward pass and, where there wasn't one, seemed really adept at cross-field play-switching.
He dropped a couple of really good cross-field balls that instantly put us on an attacking foot.
I buy your point that Palace's midfield allowed him space. But i think that is also countered by the fact he will also be well off the pace.
I think you and a few others on here maybe aren't asking the right question.
The question isn't "Is he the answer to that really important midfield question we have?"
the question is "Is the our best option currently for the midfield question we have?".
If yesterday wasn't just about adrenaline and that is genuinely his style of play, then i want Davies to absorb that "culture" and add his own rambunctious edge to it.
The job is to funnel people into the destructive force of Gana, show for the ball, bring it 5/10/15 yards and then get the ball to an assist maker in an area they can do some damage.
90% of his game time should be that. Due to that, most of his stats will look shite, because a lot of them lay-offs are not considered "key".