Why Ben Davies' form is starting to become a worry for Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur defender Ben Davies has struggled during his first season at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Ben Davies may be starting to become a bit of a worry for the side, with his performances this season well below the standard required to make the grade at White Hart Lane.

Davies was brought in by the Lilywhites from Swansea City over the summer for a fee reported to be around the £12 million mark by the Daily Mail.

That is a fairly hefty transfer fee, but one that Spurs thought would pay for itself over the years to come.

Davies had shown his talent at Swansea and was expected to be a prominent feature of the Tottenham first-team for the foreseeable future, with the left-back still only 22-years-old.

However, when Davies has played he has looked well off the pace. The Welsh full-back has generally struggled to adapt to the high line which Spurs have played and often been exposed defensively.

  Total Tackle GAMETotal Clearance GAMEDuel Won GAMEDuel Lost GAMEInterception GAMETotal Cross GAMEOutfielder Block GAMETouches GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Danny Rose 2.92 2.58 6.54 4.81 2.12 3.27 0.27 68.08 26 2,192
Ben Davies 1.36 3 3.71 2.79 1.5 2 0.14 52.07 14 891

It has led to Danny Rose, who has improved hugely this season, firmly establishing himself as the club's first choice left-back and it is hard to see Davies displacing him any time soon.

It leaves the full-back's future looking uncertain. Although Davies still has time on his side and shouldn't be written off after a disappointing debut campaign, he needs games to develop, but he has not shown that he is good enough to play a regular role.

He is, therefore, likely to remain in the shadows next season and his progress can only be harmed by this, especially as he was playing regular football at Swansea.

It leaves Spurs with a slight concern over Davies, and the defender will be required to make a big step-up in the near future if he is to avoid being labelled as another transfer flop for the north London outfit.

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