Tottenham are in the market for a new left-back as it is said that new Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino wants to strengthen his defence ahead of the new campaign.
A left-back seems to be high on his list of priorities, and a new centre-back as he looks to address certain frailties in order to make Spurs a side that can break into the top four for a place in the Champions League.
One man that has been earmarked for a potential move to White Hart Lane is Swansea City's 21-year-old left-back Ben Davies. So how does he compare to current left-back Danny Rose, and is there a real chance that Davies's potential arrival could spell the end for Rose at the North London club?
Here is a look at few statistics from the past season:
|Team||Pos||(Won Tackle / Total Tackle) * 100||(Aerial Won / (Aerial Lost+Aerial Won)) * 100||Duel Won / apps||Interception Won / apps||Apps||Mins|
Rose seemed to outperform Davies in all defensive areas last season. Though he may have made fewer appearances than the Swansea City man, he seems stronger in the air along with more physical battles, and he won a slightly higher percentage of his tackles. Rose seems to read the play a little better by winning more interceptions per match.
But is it mainly for his defensive capabilities that Mauricio Pochettino may want Davies at White Hart Lane?
|Team||Pos||(Accurate Pass / Total Pass) * 100||(Accurate Cross / Total Cross) * 100||Apps||Mins|
Davies seems to be the more comfortable of the two in possession given that he has a higher accurate passing percentage than Rose. Both of the players have respectable crossing percentages going forward and neither of them look uncomfortable getting involved in the attacking side of things, but Davies is the one who prevails when it comes to the more accurate crosses than 24-year-old Rose.
One can see the merits in Pochettino wanting to sign another left-back, especially a younger player, though it doesn't mean it should be the end for Rose at White Hart Lane. Rose has room for improvement himself as he's still young, and judging by the figures he seems to be the more accomplished defender of the two.
Left-back seemed to be a bit of a problem area for Tottenham last season, and given their involvement in the Europa League it will do no harm to have good, young players at their disposal as both of them are likely to get game time.