88% pass-accuracy; four duels won: Ben Davies' steady Spurs start

Tottenham Hotspur defender Ben Davies had a steady if unspectacular game against Hull City.

Tottenham Horspur left-back Ben Davies has had to wait patentialy for his first Premier League start since swapping the Liberty Stadium for White Hart Lane.

The former Swansea City defender was a mainstay in the Welsh side's back-line but up until the weekend, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has favoured Danny Rose.

With the make-shift full-back unavaiable on Sunday, Davies was given his chance, and he had a steady game without pulling up any trees.

A passing accuracy of 88 per cent was impressive considering he has only clocked-up 18 minutes of top flight football this season prior to this encounter while he got his foot in to win two tackles, four duels and make clearances with both his feet and his head.

In truth Davies had little to do, with Hull enjoying just 27 per cent possession and managing just two shots on target.  But his efforts would have gone some way to suggesting he can and should feature ahead of Rose in the weeks and months ahead.

  Passing AccuracyDribblesTackles WonEffective ClearancesEffective Headed ClearancesDuels WonAccurate CrossesInterceptions WonMins Played
Ben Davies 88% 1 2 1 1 4 0 1 90

Pochettino will want to see what Davies can do against tougher opposition who make his defence work far more than the Tigers managed.  

But the Tottenham left-back has played plenty of big matches in the past and having got a full 90 minutes in the league under his belt he will not want to surrender a starting spot back to Rose when he returns from injury.


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