Jan Vertonghen is backing Tottenham Hotspur defender Ben Davies to win the fight for the left-back spot at White Hart Lane against Danny Rose.
Davies has struggled to oust the in form England international following his summer move from Swansea City and in many ways Vertonghen is the ideal man to help him accomplish that goal.
Firstly, Vertonghen is a naturally left side player and he’s got experience of playing at left-back for Spurs.
His natural position means he’d be playing at left centre-back with Ben Davies at left-back, so he’s well placed within the side to offer Davies advice and feedback on what he’s doing wrong when the pair play together.
His experience at left-back also means he knows what’s expected of a Tottenham Hotspur player in that position.
He may have been vocal at the time that he didn’t want to play there for the club, but he knows what that position is about.
Secondly, his frustrations at not being able to play in the middle of Tottenham’s defence during that brief spell at left-back means he can empathise with the feelings Davies is currently experiencing.
That makes him approachable to Davies and it’s important the Welshman feels as though he has colleagues to turn to in order to vent the stress and anxiety which can plague a player going through team problems.
Thirdly, Vertonghen may naturally feel as though it’s his duty to try and take a player like Davies under his wing.
He was a candidate for the captaincy before Mauricio Pochettino named Younes Kaboul as skipper and that natural sense of leadership is something Vertonghen could use in relation to Davies, if he wants to show the boss that he made the wrong decision.
Ultimately, it’s down to Davies to show just how much he wants that left-back spot, but he’s got a supporter in the form of Vertonghen and he’d be naïve not to take advantage of that.