Ben Davies says that he and Danny Rose improved each other's game last season

The two Tottenham Hotspur defenders ensured the club were relatively strong down the left hand side of defence.

Tottenham's Welsh fullback Ben Davies has been discussing his debut season at White Hart Lane with the Spurs website, and admitted that his competition for the left back slot with Danny Rose has helped get the best out of both players.

Davies arrived from Swansea as one of the Premier League's most promising young defenders, but found Rose in committed form, and the Wales international only managed to play 12 matches in the league with the former England Under-21 man playing 27 times.

“In terms of the playing side, Danny and I have pushed each other on over the last year and we’ve worked hard together to improve each other as players," Davies told the club site.

“There is always a battle in that situation where you have two players vying for the same position, but there would be no point being here if we’re not going to fight for it.

“That pushes you on, ups your game and I think it’s done that for both of us."

Davies admitted that he was settled at the club having probably only visited London once as a tourist before he signed for the North Londoners.

“It was a big change for me but I’ve settled in well," he added. "I like it here and I feel settled and happy. We’ve a good group here, good staff, and my move was all sorted in a couple of months to be honest."

What does Davies need to do next season?

The Welshman needs to match Rose's upturn in form if he is to challenge the former Leeds youngster for a place in the first team.

The shoulder injury he obtained in April wouldn't have helped, but the ex Swansea star should recover in time to take part in pre-season.

Few would have predicted that Rose would come out of the campaign as one of the club's strongest defenders, but that is very much what he did, and as Davies mentioned, his presence would have undoubtedly spurred the 24-year-old into working extra hard to raise his game so that he retained his left-back berth.

Davies may have started last season expecting to be first choice, but he will know after this summer that he had to go out of his way to impress Mauricio Pochettino at every opportunity.

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