Hill backs travelling man Davies to finally realise his potential

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BARNSLEY manager Keith Hill is quietly confident striker Craig Davies will fulfil his potential at Oakwell.

Davies has been frustrated with a troublesome groin injury this season.

But, having returned to full fitness, he bagged two goals in as many games with strikes against Bristol City and Hull City.

And the former Chesterfield marksman admitted the confidence of scoring his first goals for his new club will only inspire him to hit the back of the net on a much more regular basis.

“There’s a lot more to come from Craig, I just hope he delivers,” said Hill.

“He’s got a lot of time to catch up because for someone so talented he should have made more of an impact on his own career.

“For somebody with his ability to be playing where has been playing before coming to the Championship ... for me he should have been a lot higher up the tree than he has been.”

Davies has played at no fewer than 11 clubs - including Barnsley - since 2003 with his career having already been a rollercoaster ride.

But the 25-year-old’s decision to move to Oakwell was mainly based on his desire to blossom under Hill and his assistant boss David Flitcroft. Hill and Flitcroft have given Davies games to shine and are happy to help develop the player so he can be a real force in the Championship.

“Now he’s getting the opportunity and there’s a little bit of pressure off him now he’s scored a couple,” added Hill. “His link-up play with Jacob Butterfield and Andy Gray has been exceptional.”