Player Watch Ben Davies - Player watch

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He was excellent against Everton, who just happen to be one of the slowest teams in the league, but I still think he's very vulnerable against pace. I wouldn't be confident at all with him at left back against rapid attacks like City or Liverpool.
A fit Rose would always be first choice against that type of attack, but an improved Davies with more defensive cover to protect against his lack of relative pace helps us when needs must.
 

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He was excellent against Everton, who just happen to be one of the slowest teams in the league, but I still think he's very vulnerable against pace. I wouldn't be confident at all with him at left back against rapid attacks like City or Liverpool.
I think pace is much important in a back 4 but both Jan and Sanchez offered him some cover. It also allows him to defend higher up the pitch and use the DM to help wih runs in behind him. We often assume that speed is crucial for a wing back but, IMO, stamina and positioning are far more important and he ticks those boxes well.

Second time I've brought this up but rewatch his performance yesterday to see how he created a yard for himself. So clever and effective
 

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I think pace is much important in a back 4 but both Jan and Sanchez offered him some cover. It also allows him to defend higher up the pitch and use the DM to help wih runs in behind him. We often assume that speed is crucial for a wing back but, IMO, stamina and positioning are far more important and he ticks those boxes well.

Second time I've brought this up but rewatch his performance yesterday to see how he created a yard for himself. So clever and effective
Saw that too. He wasn't doing that last season.
 

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Saw that too. He wasn't doing that last season.
Yeah, it was really apparent wasn't it? Just a little shift to create space but meant the fullback wasn't cutting it out and he was getting the ball in the box regularly. He definitely wasn't doing that last year, where he seemed to try and beat his man/pass it back but yesterday seemed to have developed another tool.

Poch is an absolute master but also shows Davies listens in training and can implement it.

I think we forget how young he is, I'd argue he's at least where Danny was 3 years ago (when he was Davies' age), maybe even slightly ahead of him.

He also never complains.

I'm falling a little in love
 

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In some ways the current situation with Davies is similar to that of Trippier in that when we have loads of ball he can be a really creative player. However, against the better sides where he needs to defend he still worries me - either way it's good for Rose to have genuine competition and we may yet go back to the frequent rotation that Poch seems to prefer with the full backs.
 

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Just watched the highlights again, he also created the chances for Eriksen and Sissoko in the first half with great crosses, both probably should have scored them.
 

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He's class and he only gets truly exposed against blistering place, basically Mane, but most do.
Worth noting as well that in that game, he was horrendously exposed by Son in front of him. I think he'd do a much better job against Liverpool now.
 
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Always thought he was a good footballer, but last season he was infuriating me as he was playing very safety first, positionally and with the ball.

Glad he's playing more expressively now. Interesting that two of the most creative LWBs around, him and Alonso, both don't have a lick of pace between them.
 

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Mauricio Pochettino Davies for what Poch has done to his game. Came of age tonight, he looked like a boy at Wembley last season and tonight was a man. He's getting better and better and his involvement for the third goal cannot be understated.

Keep it going Ben
 

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Mauricio Pochettino Davies for what Poch has done to his game. Came of age tonight, he looked like a boy at Wembley last season and tonight was a man. He's getting better and better and his involvement for the third goal cannot be understated.

Keep it going Ben
yes Poch has helped him out a lot, but that's doing Ben a disservice. Davies was always going to be this brilliant, clever, steady, heart on his sleeve type, because he has such a strong natural understanding of the game. Enough credit cannot be given to Ben himself.
 

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Massive game for him... He isn't as offensive minded as Rose... But he really does a great job defensively. So much so that Verts does venture upfront cause he knows Davies will cover for him at LCB.
 

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Also against APOEL I'd love for Ben to take over Jan's spot as the LCB, even if Rose still isn't fit. With Ben's ability he's perfect for the role and we need to squeeze him into the side any possible way.
 
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