Has Ben Davies' form this campaign been better than Danny Rose's last season?

Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen

Tottenham seem to have two impressive, in-form left backs at the club right now, but of course, just one position is available.

It seems to be pretty clear that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has made his choice when it comes to selecting his first choice left back in the Premier League this season.

Despite enjoying a phenomenal campaign last year as first choice on the left side of the Spurs defence, a niggling injury at the start of 2015/16 has meant that Danny Rose began the new season playing catch up to 2014's big name defensive addition Ben Davies.

The previous season saw Spurs recruit the Welshman for a large amount of money from Swansea City with the expectation that he would quickly oust the temperamental Rose from the starting line-up. But the former Leeds youngster replied with the best form of his career, ending the campaign as arguably the North Londoners' most impressive defender.

This time round, it has been Davies who has caught the eye, with a less dynamic but more assured defensive contribution in six out of Tottenham's seven Premier League games, with Rose featuring in the cup games.

Below we look at how Davies' form this season compares to what Rose offered last year, as well as how the Wales international himself fared in his debut season.

Ben Davies Premier League 2015/16 season

  PositionTeamTotal Attempted Assist per GameTotal Scoring Att per GameSuccessful take-ons per GameTouches per GamePassing AccuracyDuel Won per GameWon Tackle per GameEffective Blocked Cross per GameAppearancesMins Played
Ben Davies DF Tottenham 0.83 0.33 0.33 67.67 76.06% 3.83 1.5 0.83 6 540

Danny Rose & Ben Davies Premier League 2014/15 season

  PositionTeamTotal Attempted Assist per GameTotal Scoring Att per GameSuccessful take-ons per GameTouches per GamePassing AccuracyDuel Won per GameWon Tackle per GameEffective Blocked Cross per GameAppearancesMins Played
Danny Rose DF Tottenham 0.96 0.86 0.89 68.71 78.58% 6.64 2.5 0.93 28 2372
Ben Davies DF Tottenham 0.57 0.071 0.21 52.07 80.20% 3.71 1.21 0.43 14 891

Despite Tottenham's encouraging recent form, Danny Rose's stats from last season are still marginally stronger in some categories than how Ben Davies has been performing this time round, and significantly better in others. Rose very much offers a great deal more than Davies in attack, beating him in attempted assists, scoring attempts, and successfully dribbling past players. Also in defence, Rose was better too, winning more duels, more tackles and making more interceptions.

What this hints at is that Tottenham in general are defending much better than they did last season, something that Davies could help with with his position play, but that the presence of a regular central defensive partnership would certainly aid in Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, as does a fit Kyle Walker and Eric Dier operating in central midfield.

It is clear to see why Rose was preferred as the first choice left back last season, when for Spurs the best form of defence was to attack. He came out on way on top in every category except passing accuracy, though admittedly these statistics will be influenced by the Welshman's appearances from the bench rather than from the start of matches. Nevertheless, when you factor in Rose's three goals and four assists across the campaign, and no errors leading to shots, compared to Davies' one assist, no goals, and one error leading to a shot, it was clear that Davies had to, and has, made big improvements this season.

Whether Rose can win back his spot from Davies without waiting for an injury or suspension is difficult to predict. Pochettino would be reluctant to change a winning team that played so well against Manchester City, but the Englishman has also impressed in his appearances this season, and will know that another strong performance against Monaco this week will keep him in his manager's thoughts should Spurs need to switch to a more attacking approach.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch