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The forward was shortlisted for the prestigious award this week and the man who backed him has defended his choice, insisting the 27-year-old should get more recognition

Bangor City striker Les Davies fully deserves his nomination for the Uefa Best Player in Europe award, according to a Welsh journalist who voted for him.

Dave Jones, a writer for the Welsh Daily Post, stated that he is "deadly serious" about the nomination, which sees the forward take his place in the list alongside the likes of Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

"People might look at the low seeding Welsh Premier clubs have in Europe and ask me if this is a wind up, but I am deadly serious," Jones wrote in his column for the paper.

"I feel Les is an outstanding striker whose reputation has rocketed in the last couple of seasons. Every time he plays for Bangor City in Europe he makes life hell for all defenders and I think he would also do this against better players at a higher level."

Jones was one of 53 judges representing each Uefa member country who were asked to pick their top five players for the gong.

He was also chosen last year and nominated Messi, Ronaldo and Bangor City's Michael Johnston as his top three contenders on that occasion.

"We had to whittle our choices down to one out of Messi, Ronaldo and Xavi Hernandez. I went for Messi, who was the eventual winner," he continued.

"People asked me then if I was serious in nominating Michael Johnston and my reply was 'of course I was - I cover the Welsh Premier week in, week out and he's one of the best defenders I've seen'.

"It's the same with Les Davies. He's a good old fashioned centre-forward who plays well and gives his all week in, week out.

"It's only right and proper to celebrate the talented players our Welsh Premier League possesses."

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