Is It Time For Pochettino To Give This Defensive Star A Run In The Tottenham Hotspur Starting Lineup?

Tottenham Hotspur have made a strong start to this campaign and are currently just two points behind Manchester City who are sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League standings. Spurs have been plagued with injuries recently, but many of their first-team stars have also returned to action. 

The Demotion Of Ben Davies

Mauricio Pochettino has been boosted with the return of Danny Rose this season and the English left-back has successfully managed to establish himself as a first-team regular for the North London outfit in recent weeks. However, Ben Davies, on the other hand, has seen himself fall down the Tottenham pecking order and is currently Pochettino’s second choice option for the left back position.

The 25-year-old has only made eight appearances for Spurs this term across the competitions but is yet to find the back of the net or earn an assist so far. The Welsh talent doesn’t have the same productivity going forward when compared to Rose, but one would argue that he is more reliable at the back than his Spurs colleague.

What Does Davies Add To Pochettino’s Team?

Davies is a well-rounded full-back who knows how to defend while also being a significant threat in the opposition half. He provides a far better balance down the left flank and is more dependable when Spurs are facing off against the other big teams of the Premier League.

However, there is no doubt that Rose is a far better option versus the lesser teams who take a more defensive approach to the game.

Has The Welsh International Done Enough To Earn A Regular Starting Place Under Pochettino?

For now, the Welsh full-back has to be content with a place on the bench, but if he can prove his value in training, then he might have a chance to earn his spot back in Pochettino’s first XI. Unlike Rose, Davies is not injury-prone and seems to have embraced his role at North London. However, he has not done enough going forward to secure a regular starting berth in the Tottenham first-team. Yet.

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Abhinab Ghosh

A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

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