Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino explained the current status of left-back Ben Davies ahead of Spurs’ Europa League game against Asteras Tripolis.
Davies has been struggling to break into the first team on a consistent basis due mainly to the form displayed by England international Danny Rose.
Davies has vowed to keep on fighting as he looks to make the left-back role his by right, but Pochettino has explained the Welshman is only seen as competition for Rose at the moment.
“He’s still young. We knew when we signed him what his potential is but it is competition for Danny Rose,” said the boss.
Davies is likely to start the match this evening, which presents him with an opportunity to put pressure on the boss to include him in the Premier League side against Newcastle United this weekend.
Pochettino has effectively set a challenge for Davies to try and change the way he is perceived by his manager as he looks to replace Rose from the position where he’s currently number one.
All Davies can do is make the most of the chances he is given and leave the manager with no choice due to the impressive nature of how he plays.
His platform at the moment is the Europa League and the domestic cup competitions because he’s yet to get a chance to prove himself in the Premier League from the start with only one sub appearance so far.
The situation is fairly similar to the one at Chelsea with their summer signing Filipe Luis.
A quality player who is being kept out of the side due to the immense form of a teammate who started the season in his position.
Davies’ time will come but it’s down to him to change the perception currently held by Pochettino that he’s seen as only competition for Rose and effectively second choice.