'He will be first choice' - Tottenham summer signing backed by national team boss

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Wales manager Chris Coleman has backed Ben Davies to take the number one left-back slot from Danny Rose this season.

One position that needed improving at Tottenham Hotspur this summer was at left-back. Benoit Assou-Ekotto is an outcast at the club, Jan Vertonghen was not a fan of playing in the position and Danny Rose was not convincing at left-back.

So new manager Mauricio Pochettino decided to splash out on Swansea City defender Ben Davies. The impressive left-back cost Spurs an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of around £8 milion.

But so far he has struggled to gain a regular place in the Spurs side. Rose has significantly improved on his performances from last term, and even earned himself an England call-up for their most recent internationals.

But one person not concerned by all of this is Wales manager Chris Coleman. The national team gaffer has been speaking about Davies' move to Spurs to Wales Online this weekend, and he believes he will soon be the regular starter at White Hart Lane:

“I think Ben will end up being their first choice. It is not always easy when you have a big move. Ben is a Swansea boy and we don’t tend to be great travellers when we are young. But he is a top player and a great lad, he will settle in there.

"Danny Rose has not done anything wrong, but all players have a bad day, and when he does and Ben gets his chance we know he is good enough. Mauricio Pochettino knows his stuff, he would not have spent all that money on him otherwise. It may take him time but I have no doubts he will make it work and play a lot of games for Tottenham.”

Wales take on Andorra on Tuesday, a game in which Davies will be expected to start. Coleman will hope his words inspire Davies into a solid performance against the European minnows.

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