Bangor City striker Les Davies joins Messi on Uefa shortlist
Forward known as 'The Truck' nominated for European player of the season award
AN UNKNOWN Bangor City striker nicknamed 'The Truck' has made it onto the shortlist for Uefa's European player of the season award along with the likes of Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Mario Balotelli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Les Davies, a 27-year-old part-timer from north Wales has made the illustrious list, ahead of players of the calibre of Steven Gerrard and Robinho, thanks to the voting system and the endorsement of local journalist Dave Jones who writes for the Welsh regional Daily Post newspaper.
The award, explains The Times, "is voted for by one journalist from each of Uefa's constituent nations. Each reporter is afforded five slots, with five points awarded to a top pick, four to a second place and so on".
Jones picked Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta, Joe Hart and Les Davies and told his readers: "I am deadly serious.
"I feel Les is an outstanding striker whose reputation has rocketed in the last couple of seasons... It's only right and proper to celebrate the talented players our Welsh Premier League possesses," he explained.
"Davies, who stands at 6ft 3 inches tall and tips the scales at 17 stones, spends his days making safety equipment for Bangor-based company ISC," reports The Daily Telegraph. The paper notes that his nicknames are 'Big Les' and 'The Truck'.
Davies had trials with Everton, Wolves, Manchester City and Sheffield United but failed to make the grade and ended up signing for Bangor. Since 2007 he has won three Welsh Cup winners' medals, a Welsh Premier League title, a North Wales Coast Challenge Cup success and is looking forward to a fifth straight European campaign this summer.
"I'm flattered and honoured to be on such a list. I can't get my head round what's happened in the last few days," he told Sky Sports News. "Just to be nominated in the 32 is fantastic. I'll take that - I don't think I've got much of a chance to make the top three," he admitted.