Ben Davies

Ben Davies: The Premier League’s most underrated defender?

Following an injury sustained by Danny Rose back in January, Ben Davies has been thrust into a regular starting role in Tottenham’s back-line.

The Welshman has faced a tough time at Spurs trying to oust the league’s best left-back in Danny Rose from the starting 11.

However, with a consistent run in the side, a consistent level of performance has been achieved by Davies.

But not only has he been consistent, he’s transformed into one of the league’s top full-backs.

Prince of Wales

Over the past year or so, the Welsh national team have had a miraculous rise – currently sat 13th in the FIFA World Rankings.

Whereas this will be mostly attributed to Gareth Bale, Ben Davies has also played a vital role in this success.

The 24-year-old was a key member of the welsh side who reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016, playing in an unfamiliar role of as a left-sided central defender.

To show for this, the former Swansea City man has been shortlisted for Wales Fans’ Player of the Year award.

Threatening full-back

At Tottenham, there is a real emphasis on having good full-backs, which hugely comes down to Mauricio Pochettino’s style of play.

Since Spurs have transitioned to a back-five system it has allowed the full-backs further freedom to range forward.

One thing that is very noticeable with Davies’ play is his excellent positional awareness –  he always appears in the right placed on the pitch when required.

This allows him the opportunity to get into fantastic attacking positions high up the pitch and create numerous opportunities.

But to accompany this excellent positioning is his wicked delivery of the ball – with the stats backing just this up.

Statistical brilliance

With Spurs currently on a rampage, Davies has been a big driving force behind this – becoming one of the club’s most creative players.

The flying full-back has been directly involved in six goals in his last nine appearances for Tottenham (3 goals, 3 assists).

The left-back has also scored more goals or had more attempts on target than any other Premier League defender this season (2 from 4 on target).

The stats just go to show how much of a thorn in the side of other Premier League defences this Welsh dragon has become.

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