07 July 2012
US forward Charlie Davies announced on Twitter yesterday that he has found a new destination to play football and that destination is Denmark. Davies will play for Danish club Randers FC. Randers located in Northern Denmark played in the Danish 1st Division last campaign and received promotion to the Danish Superliga after a 2nd place finish.
Meanwhile, the once top American striker is still trying to regain his lightning form and find meaningful club minutes after his life threatening car crash in October 2009. Davies did find a home with DC United in 2011 but after inconsistent form throughout the season, head coach Ben Olsen decided to bench him down the stretch. This led to United and the MLS not willing to turn his season long loan from French club Sochaux into a permanent stay. Upon return to Sochaux for the 2011-12 season Charlie saw zero first team minutes aside from two bench appearances.
That brings us to yesterday when Davies announced... "Today is a very big day, I'm happy to announce I have signed with Randers FC!"
How will Charlie perform at his new club??
Listen, the Danish Superliga has continued to improve over the years and by no means is a low class league from a talent perspective. However, if Charlie doesn't find his touch and some speed this coming season in Denmark, which begins July 13th, then the 26-year-old will find himself in a tight spot.
This is a fresh opportunity for Charlie to re-launch his career, but I'm afraid if the bench becomes his best friend rather than the back of the net, then the fairy tale story that is Charlie Davies will soon come to an uneventful conclusion. He's going to get a chance, but the question remains does he still have that IT FACTOR we saw leading up to the 2010 World Cup.
The Story of Charlie Davies - posted Jan '11