Nigel Clough has revealed Ben Davies could join Sheffield United on a permanent basis if the on-loan midfielder impresses at Bramall Lane, writes James Shield.
Clough, the League One club’s manager, issued his challenge ahead of tomorrow’s crucial home encounter against Bristol City.
Davies, whose contract with Derby County expires at the end of the season, is scheduled to spend the remainder of the campaign with United after agreeing a temporary transfer to South Yorkshire earlier this week.
“Ben becomes a free agent soon,” Clough told The Star. “So the incentive to do well is there for him.
“We’ve taken him on until the end of the season and will see what happens after that.
“He’s a good player, a good professional and knows what it takes to do well in this division.
“Plus, as Ben has shown at Derby, he’s got the ability to operate at a higher level too.”
Davies, previously of Shrewsbury Town and Notts County, is expected to make his home debut when 18th placed United attempt to climb above Steve Cotterill’s side in the table.
The two teams are level on points after Conor Coady scored the only goal of the game when Clough’s squad visited Gillingham in midweek.
Davies was forced to withdraw from United’s starting eleven at Priestfield Stadium after red tape delayed his arrival until minutes before kick-off. However, the 32-year-old was introduced during the second-half as United lifted themselves out of the relegation zone.
“First things first, my aim is to try and keep us in this league,” Davies, who is eligible for selection when United host either Sheffield Wednesday or Charlton Athletic in next month’s FA Cup quarter-finals, said. “Get us as high as we can as quickly as we can and then look to kick-on from there.
“The cup is a massive bonus and everyone wants to do well in that. But the league is our bread and butter so it’s important we keep getting results.”
“It’s important to be playing,” Davies added. “I enjoyed working with the gaffer (Clough) before and am looking forward to doing it again.
“He’s professional and demands very high standards.”