Ben Davies is not as good as Tottenham teammate Danny Rose whatever Pochettino would have us believe

Mauricio Pochettino the Spurs manager celebrates his team's goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at Boleyn Ground on August 16, 2014...

The Tottenham Hotspur left-back is not good enough to be keeping Rose out of the starting XI.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah of Crystal Paalce tackles Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on November 5,...

Despite impressing for Tottenham Hotspur against Borussia Dortmund last week, left-back Danny Rose was omitted from their Premier League squad for the second successive match, this time against West Bromwich Albion.

However Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is kidding no one if he thinks Ben Davies is a better option than the England international.

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Spurs reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2017 in London, England.

Explaining that Rose was overlooked simply due to team selection rather than any fresh injury, Pochettino has laid down a marker for a player who has plenty of critics since that ill-judged interview during his prolonged layoff.

But Tottenham are suffering as a consequence, with Davies nowhere near the player Rose can be on his day, and one wonders if the Spurs boss would be better off selecting the latter as long as he has him.

It is one thing dropping a player because you have better options, and quite another when you are doing so simply to make a point that does not need making.

Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal is challenged by Ben Davies of Tottenham during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on November 18, 2017 in London,...

Rose may or may not be in North London next season, but for now he is one of their best players and he will want to perform in a World Cup year.

Davies is a fine backup option, but he is no Rose, and Tottenham could be faltering just when they should be keeping pace with the Manchester clubs at the top of the table.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch