At the start of the season, Danny Rose was Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League left-back with summer signing Ben Davies used predominantly in the Europa League. But with the former recently recovered from injury it was he who had his first taste of European action this week, while Davies looked ahead to the league encounter against Swansea City.
The battle to be Tottenham's first-choice left-back goes on, with Davies doing well in Rose's absence but the former Sunderland loanee now back and ready to add to his 11 top flight appearances this season. So how did the 24-year-old do against Besiktas?
The Turkish side ultimately won the game and took top spot in Group C in the process, but Rose had a solid outing for the visitors.
His passing-accuracy of 83.3 per cent was good while he made two tackles, four interceptions and two clearances, proving an effective defensive option against tough opponents.
The Tottenham man also provided three crosses and had two goal-scoring attempts of his own, one of which was on target.
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Despite Rose's return it would be no surprise to see Davies back in the Spurs starting line-up this weekend, but the Welshman has a battle on his hands to keep the position.
That said, manager Mauricio Pochettino appears to have settled on a defence that can keep the opposition at bay in the Premier League, so Rose may have to get used to appearances in a competition that appeared to be Davies' only chance when he first arrived.