'I could end up there' - Davies on potentially poaching Vertonghen's position

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Ben Davies is open to the possibility of playing at left centre-back frequently.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Ben Davies says he feels well suited to playing at centre back.

Davies featured in the middle of a Wales backline against Bosnia, which contradicts the position he was bought to play at Spurs.

However, it’s a role he feels he can thrive in having dealt effectively with Manchester City front man Edin Dzeko.

“I don’t mind playing there – it’s a role I’m enjoying. I’m trying to improve and learn and one day I could end up in there,” he told the South Wales Evening Post.

“I don’t mind it in there. You have to be comfortable on the ball and I think I’m pretty composed so it’s good.”

“If I can cope with Edin Dzeko there probably aren’t going to be that many tougher strikers to mark.”

Davies may well feel as though he has to try and adapt to a new position to get more game time at Spurs under Mauricio Pochettino.

He’s been unfortunate since he arrived from Swansea City, with the form Danny Rose has shown at left-back keeping him out of his first choice position.

However, as he proves to be effective in the middle of a backline, Pochettino could start to think about using him on the left hand side of central defence.

That leaves Jan Vertonghen under pressure, with the Belgian recently talking about why he hadn’t signed a renewed contract at White Hart Lane beyond his current deal.

The worry for Spurs fans will be the technical differences that Davies would have to show in central defence, with more of an emphasis on discipline where he’s been encouraged to previously attack as a full-back.

“Obviously you don’t get as much opportunity to go forward and sometimes you have to stop yourself when you get a bit over excited.”

It’s encouraging to see him so passionate about the possibility of adapting to a new position long term but he’s got a very long way to go before he can be considered a better left sided central defensive option than Vertonghen.

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