Davies v Rose - Who should start the League Cup final?

Danny Rose Tottenham warmup

Tottenham Hotspur defenders Danny Rose and Ben Davies are battling against each other for a place in the side ahead of the League Cup final.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino may have one eye on the League Cup final against Chelsea this weekend.

Spurs have a match to play before then against Fiorentina in the Europa League and the Argentine boss may have one or two questions over key positions in his starting line-up.

One clash comes at left-back, with Danny Rose and Ben Davies both pushing for a starting place in the final.

It’s a keenly-contested duel, which has been going on throughout the season, so what’s the case for each player?

  PositionTeamGoal AssistTotal Scoring Attempts per GameAccurate Crosses per GamePassing AccuracyOutfielder Blocks per GameWon Tackles per GameInterceptions Won per GameAppearancesMins Played
Danny Rose DF Tottenham 3 0.8 0.65 78% 0.25 2.2 2.3 20 1,672
Ben Davies DF Tottenham 1 0.11 0.33 81% 0.11 1.56 1.89 9 662

The case for Rose to start

Rose is ahead of Davies in the stats for several key areas, which shouldn’t come as a major surprise because he’s played over twice as many games.

Wembley is a huge pitch and Rose certainly has the pace to get forward and help to create extra width on the left-hand side.

However, he could still be a player that Jose Mourinho targets across the Tottenham defence, but his stats in terms of blocks, tackling and the way he reads the game are all very positive and he’s performed consistently over a long period.

The case for Davies to start

The main case for Davies to start the League Cup final is that he’s an extremely hungry young man.

He could relish the occasion this weekend and is solid when he’s put under intense pressure from the opposition.

In terms of interceptions and tackles, he’s not too far away from Rose despite having played fewer games.

The biggest thing he has in his favour is that he protects possession more effectively, based on the stats from this season, and if Pochettino feels he wants his team to dominate the ball against the Blues, the Welshman may get the nod.

Conclusion

Pochettino will more than likely play it safe and use Davies for the Europa League game against Fiorentina tomorrow and Rose for the League Cup final.

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