The Davids Factor
SATURDAY’S League 2 encounter at Home Park sees a former world class midfielder who represented his country with distinction on the biggest stage come face to face with Edgar Davids.Okay, that is being hideously unfair on the nearly 40-year-old Dutch international who brings his Barnet side to Argyle, but it highlights the fact that the Pilgrims’ own gaffer is pretty special, too.
John Sheridan was a contemporary of Davids in the days when they both used to dominate oppositions midfields.
“I’ve played against him a few times,” said John, who won 34 caps for Ireland between 1988-95.
“I played against him in Holland and at Anfield in a [Euro ’96] play-off. He probably won’t remember me, but I remember him.
“He’s a very good player who played at the highest level for a very long time.
“It must be a good feeling for the Barnet players for someone of his standard to be still playing.
“You can just see in his attitude and the way he plays – he’s got drive and determination. This is what you want from players.
“If you can get that in your armour when you’re a young player – get that same attitude – then you’ve got a good chance of having a successful career.”