Tottenham Hotspur defender Ben Davies has told the London Evening Standard who he feels he’s learned the most from since he joined the club.
Davies arrived at White Hart Lane as part of a summer deal from Swansea City and he’s named two of his Tottenham teammates as the players he’s been learning from in North London.
“I’m not here to blow my own trumpet but I do think I’ve improved as a player since I came to Tottenham,” said the Welshman.
“You learn from the players around you. People like Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen, I’ve picked up a lot off those guys.”
His rivalry with Rose is an interesting one because they are both competing to be Mauricio Pochettino’s first choice left-back.
They are different players and offer different things, but that means they can learn from each other with Rose arguably better in attack while Davies often looks composed from a defensive point of view.
Vertonghen having a major impact on his game shouldn’t be a major surprise considering he plays on the left hand side of central defence, next to Davies when they are in the same team.
Vertonghen has good Premier League experience and is well placed to offer advice and guidance in terms of Davies’ position and how he can help to prevent Vertonghen from becoming over exposed.
Davies still has improvements to make but it’s encouraging he’s showing a willingness to learn from others, combined with listening to his manager and working hard to make a difference at the back for the team.