Disgruntled Davidson ponders Huddersfield future

Australia defender Jason Davidson has revealed his dissatisfaction with the rotation policy of Huddersfield coach David Wagner, insisting his sporadic presence in the team doesn't reflect his performances on the field.

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The left-back - a mainstay under former coach Chris Powell – has clocked up just 524 minutes during his German successor’s 23 games at the helm of the Championship club – despite impressing each time he has featured.

Davidson’s displeasure at what he considers unjust treatment has reached the point where he will thrash out his future with club management at the end of the season, should there be no change of tack.

Questioning the motivation behind the continual chopping and changing which initially saw him play second fiddle to Leicester City loanee Ben Chilwell and now on-loan Middlesbrough left-back James Husband, Davidson declared: “I don’t feel it’s about the football aspect so much … it must be about something else.

“That’s why my frustration has died down a bit because I know I have done well each time I have played for the new manager.

“I feel I should be starting but I am not, for whatever reason. It’s not a situation I am happy with and if things don’t change we will have to speak to the club in the (northern) summer because I came here to play.

“That’s why I choose Huddersfield and turned down some other clubs. I am not happy and I think the club know that. It’s been a bit unjust towards me because I have performed when called upon.

“Back in January I scored (in a 5-0 win over Charlton), got an assist (against Reading) and then was dropped for the next match (against Bolton).

“When you score a goal, get an assist in the same week and then get dropped the next week, I don’t know what more you can do as a left-back?”

Having featured in just three of the Terriers’ last eight games, Davidson started in the 3-1 weekend loss to table-topping Burnley, and hit the woodwork and looked lively going forward before being substituted in the 83rd minute.

“I play one game get left out for three and then the next time I play I do well … it’s been like that," he added.

“If, for whatever reason, I do move on in the (northern) summer, I have to make sure that every game I play until the end of the season I play well.

“Hopefully clubs will say ‘Ok, even though you didn’t play every week, for whatever reason, you always impressed when you did’.

“Sometimes in football, it’s a crazy world, and things are out if your hands. For me, this is one of those situations.

“The coach picks the team and he’s selecting the team he wants … he's rotating and all I can do is perform when I get the chance.”

Davidson has two years left on the three year deal which brought him to Yorkshire this season.

Overlooked for this month’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers as Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou runs the rule over young bloods Brad Smith and Alex Gersbach, Davidson said of his surprise omission: “I am disappointed because I want to go to every single camp and I think it’s the first I have missed one for two years or so."

“But in saying that obviously Ange picks players for certain reasons. I know what I can do and I know that Ange is aware what I am capable of and what I can offer the team.”

Davidson, a star from Australia at the 2014 World Cup and also last year’s AFC Asian Cup, is determined to be back for the glamour friendly against England at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on 27 May.

“I just have to keep working hard and doing what I do and hopefully I am back for that one,” he added.

“We have a great rivalry across all sports with England and after beating them back in 2003, that gives the game a little but of extra spice.

“Plus, for England it’s their last preparation game before the Euros and they are going to take it very seriously because you are going to have a lot of players fighting for positions.

“It will be a great test for us because you don’t get that many opportunities to play a team of England’s stature in their own back yard.

“We tend to do well against the bigger teams and we just need to keep the belief we showed in drawing 2-2 with Germany.

“On a personal note, it’s a game that will we watched by a lot of people and were I to play and do well it could help in maybe catapulting me back into the Premier League (where Davidson spent a season with West Bromwich Albion).”

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Published 14 March 2016 at 9:51pm
By Dave Lewis