Leighton James column: 'Ben Davies PFA snub is an insult'
BEN Davies's omission from the PFA Young Player of the Year shortlist is an insult.
It is in an insult to Davies as well as an insult to Swansea City, and the Premier League footballers who voted for their nominees must take a long, hard look at themselves.
Davies has been absolutely outstanding this season.
If there are six better young players in the country than Davies, I'm a Dutchman!
The six on the shortlist are Danny Welbeck, Eden Hazard, Christian Benteke, Jack Wilshere, Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Bale.
There are some great players there, and I can see Bale walking away with both that award and the PFA Player of the Year gong.
But Hazard has only been good in flashes this season, while Welbeck, a striker, has managed a paltry two goals from his 39 appearances in all competitions this season.
It's obvious that Welbeck is there purely because he plays for Manchester United.
For Davies, it seems he is paying the price for not playing for one of the Premier League's heavyweights.
For me, it leaves a real bitter taste at the end of what has been a great season.
I thought Rickie Lambert was spot on when he said it was "shocking" that Michu had missed out on a nomination for the PFA Player of the Year.
The Spaniard has had an exceptional first season with the Swans, but he is up against some of the world's best players in the senior category — the likes of Bale, Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez.
It's still a shock that Michu was overlooked, but I'm absolutely stunned by Davies's omission.