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Man of the Match: Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Brighton

The finest English midfielder currently playing the game

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Mark Davies is the best English midfielder in the whole world of football.

Sorry? Not sorry.

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder is maturing like a fine wine, or a particularly smelly cheese.

He suits the captaincy, he suits the deeper role and he suits the way that Neil Lennon wants Bolton Wanderers to play.

He is our Paul Gascoigne, our Andrea Pirlo - he is making the position his own, and is capable (like few others) of running with the ball at pace. This is something that English players struggle with. You can see the likes of Raheem Sterling, who runs like he's just shit his pants, and you think that Davies has something - something lacking in the modern Englishman.

His final ball and end product have often been lacking, but this is starting to be resolved at the ripe age of 27. We are seeing the best of Mark Davies and we are in for a treat. He looks fit and he looks strong. I think this could well be the best season of his career.

Against a confident Brighton midfield, including Lennon's former Celtic man Beram Kayal - a man who was part of Celtic's famous win over Barcelona in 2012, Davies was the star man.

He has brought a snappy tackle into his game, making him virtually the complete midfielder.

Andres Iniesta allegedly was spotted on Las Ramblas wearing a Davies 16 shirt last week. I don't blame him.