After a hectic year that saw Charlie Davies go from having to pass a fitness test to make the roster for D.C. United to the MLS leading goal-scorer early in the season, to a bench player late in the season, Davies is on the move again. But this time, he is moving on to more familiar territory.
According to Greg Seltzer of MLSsoccer.com, Davies will be returning to French club Sochaux of Ligue 1 on Jan. 4. Sochaux had loaned Davies to United for the 2011 season.
"He's looking forward to going back to Sochaux," Davies' agent, Lyle Yorks, confirmed to MLSsoccer.com. "There are other options in Europe, but right now he's just excited to show the new coach what he can do."
That new coach would be Mehmed Baždarević, who has been in charge at Sochaux since June, but currently has the club in second-to-last place in Ligue 1.
As we’ve already discussed, Davies had a statistically awesome season with United, scoring 11 goals as a forward, but his production faded late in the year, and he failed to make an impact during the final push of the season in which United fell just short of the playoffs.
Davies should be looking to move on to a team that plays with a fast pace but needs someone who can finish off plays that are created by others. Sochaux might be that team. The French club has scored just one goal in its previous six matches, a period in which they have just one draw and five losses. Davies could be the spark they need to avoid relegation and climb the table once again.