“It was a little bit scary when you’re in the moment” - Chelsea star Alex Davey talks about taking on Molde and life in Norway
PUBLISHED: 11:30 09 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:30 09 April 2016
Not many young players get to mark a Champions League winner on their debut for a new club but that was the fate bestowed upon Alex Davey at Norwegian side Stabaek.
The ex-Welwyn Pegasus junior, who is on loan at the Oslo-based club from Premier League Chelsea until July 22, was entrusted with a starting holding midfield role in a home league clash against 2014 Tippeligaen champions Molde, managed by former Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, three weeks ago, meaning he butted heads with Eidur Gudjohnsen.
Now 37 years old, the former Chelsea and Barcelona forward may not have the legs of yesteryear but he still gave Davey a testing introduction to Scandinavian football.
Davey told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “He was as intelligent as he always has been.
“He picked his spaces really well so he was a difficult player to mark. He knew what he wanted to get out of himself so when he wanted to go, it was difficult to keep with him.
“I didn’t think I’d get to play against someone like him in my first game.”
The hosts may have lost the game 2-1 but Davey, who was on loan at League One outfit Peterborough United earlier in the season, loved every minute of the encounter at the 7,000-capacity Nadderud Stadium.
He continued: “Just as you’re about to come out of the tunnel, the fans started setting off fireworks and flares. It was a great atmosphere.
“Compared to my League One debut, that one, atmosphere-wise, was completely different.
“League One was a real buzz but this one you had to pinch yourself a little bit.
“It was a little bit scary when you’re in the moment.”
On and off the pitch, Stabaek, managed by former Blackburn Rovers and Scotland midfielder Billy McKinley, is a far cry from anything Davey has experienced so far in his short career.
Even before pulling on the club jersey competitively, the 21-year-old had met a large chunk of the fans at a local shopping centre.
The defensive player, who also started Stabaek’s third game of the new season - a 3-1 loss at Bodø/Glimt last Sunday - is certainly not regretting his decision to join.
Davey said: “It took a little while to get the move to happen but once I’d done some research I was happy.
“The transition has been a lot easier than I thought it would be.
“Everyone speaks really good English and everyone helps you out.
“The club has lots of ambition and a good squad so it’s a nice place to be.”
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