Why Pochettino may choose to drop Ben Davies after poor display

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Ben Davies struggled against Sheffield United.

Tottenham Hotspur's Ben Davies may have played himself out of contention for their match against Leicester City this weekend with his display against Sheffield United.

Davies was given the nod to start at left-back against Spurs's League One opponents in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday, but his struggles may mean that Mauricio Pochettino opts to bring back Danny Rose.

Davies was guilty of giving away possession in dangerous areas, while Jamal Campbell-Ryce constantly caused him problems all match. 

It was a worrying display from the 21-year-old, who could now be in line for a spell on the sidelines due to the competition for places at left-back at White Hart Lane.

Davies has made an impressive start to life in North London, and he has already shown why Pochettino chose to buy him this summer from Swansea City, but a bad performance is likely to force him out of the team.

The Welsh international competes for a slot in the side with Danny Rose and there is no obvious selection for Pochettino to make.

The two left-backs have differing skill-sets, but appear of similar quality meaning that only a consistent run of form guarantees their place.

Davies was by no means the only Tottenham performer to play poorly against Sheffield United, despite their 1-0 win, but his place in the side is far from secure and Pochettino could opt to hand Rose another opportunity to write his name onto the team-sheet for the next few weeks against Leicester. 

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