Danny Fox

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Danny Fox is an English/Scottish left back who was born in Winsford, England on 29th May 1986. Fox began his career with Everton, but failed to make a single first team appearance. The closest he ever got was on 30th October 2004, when he was an unused substitute in a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa. Fox also had loan spells at Gateshead and Stranraer during 2004/05, helping the latter secure promotion to the Scottish First Division.

Fox was released by Everton in the summer of 2005, but soon found new employment with Paul Merson's Walsall. He was part of the side that was relegated from League 1 in 2005/06, but fared much better the following season when he helped the Saddlers bounce straight back. He scored his first professional goal for the club on 12th September 2006 in a 5-0 win over Peterborough. Fox continued to perform well at the start of 2007/08, scoring three in his first ten games.

On 28th January 2008 Fox signed for Coventry City along with Walsall teammate Scott Dann. He made his debut for the Sky Blues a day later in a 1-0 defeat at Hull. Fox helped Coventry narrowly avoid the drop from the Championship that season by scoring in a 5-1 win at Colchester on 19th April 2008. Ironically Colchester had been close to signing Fox after having a bid accepted for the player earlier in the season. The former Walsall man excelled for Chris Coleman's side in 2008/09, scoring 5 goals, three of which came in consecutive matches.

In July 2009 Fox signed for Scottish giants Celtic for a reported fee of £1,500,000. He made his debut for the Glasgow club in a Champions League qualifier with Dynamo Moscow, and later came up against Arsenal in the same competition. In November 2009 Fox made his full international debut for Scotland, who he qualified to play for through his grandfather. The former Coventry man had previously represented England at U21 level.

Despite featuring regularly at Celtic Park, Fox's stay in Scotland only lasted six months. He joined Premiership strugglers Burnley in January 2010, and marked his debut with a goal in a 2-1 win over West Ham on 6th February 2010. That was as good as it got for Fox that season however, as Burnley were relegated back to the Championship under Brian Laws. The full back performed well for The Clarets in 2010/11, as the Turf Moor side narrowly missed out on a play-off spot.

On 11th August 2011 Fox signed for Southampton for an undisclosed fee. The deal came just two days after he had completed 120 minutes of football for Burnley in a League Cup tie with Burton. Fox made his debut as a substitute at Ipswich on 16th August. He played second fiddle to Dan Harding over the next few weeks, before making his first start on 10th September in a 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest. Fox looked a lot more comfortable on the ball than Harding ever did, but initially struggled slightly defensively. He left gaps at the back, which exposed the rest of the team, but that part of his game would improve with more match practise. Fox picked up by October, and provided a great number of assists throughout the promotion winning season of 2011/12. He was hit and miss during early 2012. Fox was sent off and Birmingham on 4th February, but looked good against the likes of Derby and Barnsley later in the month.

Fox made a reasonable start to the 2012/13 season, although he could have done better for one of the goals conceded at Manchester City on the opening day. He was subbed off at half-time against Aston Villa in a disappointing display. Fox lost his starting place to Luke Shaw in November. He often looked better as a late substitute. The left-back appeared fairly frequently during the second half of the campaign under Pochettino. He looked very good in games against Manchester United and Man City in early 2012, but made defensive errors which resulted in goals against Newcastle and QPR. Fox put in a decent showing in a 0-0 draw with Swansea, but then stupidly got sent off against West Brom with a rash challenge. Often received unfair criticism from the stands during 2012/13.