Rose's performance against Qarabag justifies Davies' position as Tottenham's first-choice left-back

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One Tottenham Hotspur left-back had a match to forget in Europe last week.

Last season the battle to be Tottenham Hotspur’s number one left-back saw a clear victor, with Danny Rose making 28 Premier League appearances compared with Ben Davies’ 14.

It was expected to remain that way this season, but instead the Welsh international has started the campaign as Mauricio Pochettino’s first-choice left-back with Rose having to make do with one league appearance before featuring in the Europa League clash with FK Qarabag on Thursday evening.

Some Tottenham fans have been left confused by Pochettino’s decision to pick Davies ahead of Rose given the latter’s form last season, but the Qarabag match may have shown exactly why the former Sunderland loanee has slipped down the pecking order.

Rose was simply not good enough on Thursday, looking out of sorts and getting his side into trouble on more than one occasion.

In fact if Qarabag’s finishing had been of a better quality Tottenham could have suffered a setback in their opening group match and many fingers would have pointed straight at Rose.

Of course the fact that the 25-year-old has barely featured this season could have played a part in his shaky performance, but Tottenham fans would have expected more against the Azerbaijan side and Rose may have just given Davies an even clearer run for the next few months.

After his latest performance it is hard to see Rose playing for Tottenham in the league as long as Davies is fit and on form, ensuring the tantalising battle between the two left-backs has taken yet another twist.

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