Swansea full-back Connor Roberts can’t wait to work alongside his role model Ben Davies after the Tottenham star’s rise to prominence in North London.
Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts has been named in Ryan Giggs’ first Wales squad and the youngster has spoken of his excitement at the chance to work alongside his role model Ben Davies.
Roberts, 22, has made eight appearances for the Swans this season, having enjoyed loan spells away to Yeovil Town, Bristol Rovers and Middlesbrough previously in his career, and with Davies having earned a high profile move to Tottenham after two successful seasons with the Swans, Roberts knows exactly what he should be aiming for.
Both from Neath, both beginning their careers at Swansea, both playing full-back, and now Welsh international teammates, the two youngsters have a lot in common, and Roberts really could not have a better role model than Davies as he tries to emulate the Tottenham star’s career progression.
Speaking to the BBC, Roberts explained how winning his first Wales cap would top off a magnificent season for him, which saw him make his debut for Swansea just three months ago in an FA Cup clash, going on to praise the likes of Davies for his continued achievements at Tottenham.
“It’s just massive to see a boy that’s come up like I have, doing so well and hopefully I can follow him in a few of his footsteps,” Roberts told BBC Sport.
Aged 24, Davies has started to establish himself as the club’s starting left-back over the likes of England international Danny Rose and has made nearly 150 appearances for Spurs, winning 36 Wales caps along the way.
The young Spurs star himself was on hand to express his excitement to work alongside one of world football’s greatest ever legends in Ryan Giggs.
“A new system has been put in place under Ryan and I can’t wait to get going, I’m sure there are going to be some new ideas,” Davies explained to the BBC.
“The mentality we’ve got to have is to try and win it, that’s what we are going in to do.”