Why Ben Davies should be the most-aggrieved player in the Premier League

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The Tottenham Hotspur defender would not be blamed for feeling puzzled about his squad status - to say the very least.

Ben Davies is hardly a reserve at Tottenham. The 21-year-old left-back has been given plenty of chances by boss Mauricio Pochettino and rightly started a number of games this season.

At the same time, however, the defender's move from Swansea to Spurs has hardly proved ideal so far.

The crux of the matter is: Davies is up against Danny Rose for a starting spot at White Hart Lane. Not Gael Clichy, not Kieran Gibbs, not Cesar Azpilicueta. Danny Rose.

And, when it comes to defending, Davies is leagues above his Tottenham counterpart.

That's why the young full-back has a case to be one of the most-aggrieved players in the Premier League right now.

When you have at least two players vying for every position, of course, you can expect a manager like Pochettino to rotate. When Rose started against Chelsea, for instance, it worked - he enjoyed a terrific game going forward.

The 24-year-old, though, was yet again poor defensively. And, in the last two Premier League games he has started, Spurs have conceded no less than five goals.

Granted, they weren't all Rose's fault - but he is certainly a liability when it comes to defending.

Davies, then, has the right to feel aggrieved at the number of games he is being forced to sit out and watch. He has been given plenty of chances, as stated, and a 21-year-old can't expect to start every match.

But the simple fact remains that Davies is a far better player than Rose. The amount of games he has played for Tottenham this season doesn't reflect that.

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