What now for Ben Davies after manager's comments regarding Danny Rose?

Mauricio Pochettino has reserved high praise for Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose, so just how patient will teammate Ben Davies have to be?

The debate over which of Tottenham Hotspur’s senior left-backs should be first-choice will rage on for some time to come, with some supporters believing Danny Rose is the man for the job and others feeling summer signing Ben Davies should be given more chances.

But on whichever side of the fence you currently reside, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s recent comments may not bode well for the latter.

In comments published by London 24, the Spurs boss said of Rose, “So far he’s been the best left-back (in the league) this season. His performances have been great.”

The Tottenham manager was talking in relation to a potential England call-up for the 24-year-old, and he clearly believes Rose deserves the honour.

But in hailing him as the league’s finest, Pochettino has also made a statement Davies will find hard to ignore.

After all, if the boss feels Rose is the best left-back in the top flight, why would he drop him in favour of the Welshman?

That has certainly been the case in the league this season, with Rose featuring 12 times in the league and starting nine of the last 11 matches.

As for Davies, he has been Tottenham’s cup left-back, playing only 11 times in the league but making 26 appearances in total.

The former Swansea defender is still only 21 and has plenty of time to develop into the full-back many believe he will one day be, but Pochettino’s praise for his Tottenham teammate suggests he is going to have to be patient for some time to come.

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