Tottenham Hotspur boss praises Ben Davies

Ben Davies of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on September 9, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

The Tottenham Hotspur boss is "so happy" with his defender.

 

Tottenham Hotspur's Welsh defender Ben Davies (L) jumps for a header with Borussia Dortmund's Polish defender Lukasz Piszczek during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match...

Speaking to Football London, Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has reserved praise for left-back Ben Davies.

The 24-year-old has been deputising for Danny Rose in defence for the whole of 2017, and despite initial skepticism from dispproving fans, looks to be a key figure for Spurs now.

The Wales international is in his fourth season with Tottenham now, having being Pochettino's first signing in North London after taking the reins in 2014, and the Argentine is thrilled with Davies's on and off-the-field conduct.

 

Ben Davies of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on September 9, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

"I think Ben from day one because he arrive the same time as us, we are so happy," he told Football London.

"He is still so young but his mentality, his maturity – he is so professional – he is helping the team every season.

"For me he is a good example at Tottenham like a man and a professional and then if he plays well, fantastic."

 

Stephan Lichtsteiner of Juventus tackles Ben Davies of Tottenham during the pre-season match between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus at Wembley Stadium on August 5, 2017 in London, England.

Davies wasn't a hugely popular figure among Tottenham fans last season, with the majority of them preferring Rose, but he will have certainly won over some of his detractors since then.

Is he the perfect left-back? Probably not, and he may never be as exciting as Rose going forward, but he is a clever, shrewd defender and Spurs supporters, like Pochettino, should appreciate his professionalism.

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