When Ben Davies arrived at Tottenham Hotspur in the summer most expected him to immediately make the left-back position his own. After all, the Welsh international had shone for Swansea City and Spurs were lacking in that very area of the field.
And yet 10 games into the current Premier League campaign, makeshift left-back Danny Rose has started all Tottenham’s games while Davies has been given just 19 minutes, replacing Rose in the match against Liverpool.
The debate over who should start rages on, with a number of Tottenham fans believing manager Mauricio Pochettino should give Davies the nod over Rose.
After all, the latter may have been converted into a full-back but he is not – yet – a natural one and at times this leads to a lack of cohesion in Spurs’ back-line. There are also times when Rose’s desire to get forward leads to problems for his defensive colleagues, his inability to get back swiftly prompting a lack of numbers when opponents break away.
Davies proved at Swansea that he is a fantastic left-back, playing 41 times last season and racking up 85 appearances during his spell at the Liberty Stadium.
When you consider the money Tottenham paid for the Welshman, and the fact that he is currently being overlooked in favour of a player who continues to prompt more questions than plaudits, Pochettino’s decision simply does not make sense.
Davies has recently revealed that he is not considering the prospect of a loan move away from White Hart Lane and instead wants to fight for his place. But should he really have to when he is undeniably the best option Spurs have in that position?