Ben Davies is Pompey fans’ top choice

Ben Davies has been voted The News Pompey player of the month for September Picture: Joe Pepler
Ben Davies has been voted The News Pompey player of the month for September Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Right-back has made 12 appearances since joining the Blues
  • Beat off competition from Chaplin, Burgess and McGurk to take accolade.

Ben Davies has started his Fratton Park career in impressive form.

And his consistent displays have been recognised by being named as The News Pompey Player of the Month for September.

Conor Chaplin

Conor Chaplin

Readers of The News were asked to choose their outstanding performer from last month.

Christian Burgess, Conor Chaplin and Adam McGurk also made the shortlist alongside Davies.

But it was the 34-year-old summer recruit who topped the list, attracting 37 per cent of your vote.

The versatile performer has cemented his place at right-back to become an automatic choice in Paul Cook’s side.

He had initially arrived at Fratton Park as a triallist in July, having left Sheffield United at the end of last season.

Davies has gone on to win a one-year deal and make 12 appearances, as well as take over the captaincy when Michael Doyle has not been in the team.

Although primarily a midfielder, his energetic and hard-working displays at right-back have made an instant impact with the Fratton faithful.

He emerged on top of the fans’ vote with a winning margin of seven per cent.

Conor Chaplin polled 30 per cent having netted twice in six appearances during September.

Both of those goals came in a 3-1 win over Barnet in only his second full appearance at Fratton Park.

That signalled a spell of four successive starts for the 18-year-old, who also signed a new contract during that period.

Christian Burgess received 25 per cent of the vote, having been an ever-present in the league campaign to date.

The summer recruit from Peterborough has formed an effective central-defensive partnership with Matt Clarke for the Blues.

An additional asset is his composure on the ball and willingness to bring it out of defence to aid his side’s attacks.

Yet he remains primarily a defender and his strength in the air and speed on the ground has impressed since his arrival.

Finally, Adam McGurk received nine per cent of the vote among those who took part.

September represented a breakthrough month for the forward, who scored twice in three appearances before injuring his ankle.

His 30-yard strike in the 1-1 draw at Oxford United will surely be a contender for goal of the season.