Ben Davies - Player watch

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  1. punkisback

    punkisback Well-Known Member

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    I've always said that I thought his best position would be as a CM. He's so comfortable on the ball and has great range of passing. Could he do a Gareth Barry like transformation?
     
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    Very different having 180 degree awarenes versus 360 degree awareness. Suspect he would not be that great, but look what Guardiola did with Lahm!
     
  3. SEANSPURS1975

    SEANSPURS1975 Well-Known Member

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    Davies has definitely stepped up to the plate since Rose's injury. He's currently playing as well as any Left Back in the country.
     
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  4. Donki

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    Looks like he is really enjoying his football, I can see him getting 5-10 goals if he keeps going. His finish yesterday wasn't an easy one, many a left back would have tried to find a corner or blast it right at the keeper, I hope Rose doesn't walk right back into the first 11.
     
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  5. Spurs 1961

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    I have to say Ben Davies has really surprised me. Last season I thought he did very well but was disappointed with him in the first couple of matches I saw at Wembley this season, describing him as just a safe player who brings little to the attacking aspect of the game. OK I was wrong as in the last few games he seems like a different player. Great to see players getting better
     
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  6. Mr.D

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    A complete transformation. Last year when in for Rose he looked way out of his depth and, quite honestly, it was like he was running in treacle he was so slow.
    I've no idea how it's happened but he now looks an accomplished full back, very comfortable on the ball and when playing in tight areas on the touchline. And he seems to have added a bit of pace to his game.
    So pleased for him.
     
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  7. DiamondLites

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    Looks fitter, sharper and has improved his off the mark and lateral quickness markedly. Poch's training methods have proven to enhance these facets of a player's game, Davies has clearly bought into the Poch philosophy and is reaping the rewards
     
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  9. kmk

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    I was about to post this article. I loved this bit.

     
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  10. nedley

    nedley John Duncan's Love Child

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    I've been Davies biggest critic.For me he looks a totally different player than of previous years.

    He played well last season but always looked like a player that was there to fill in rather than challenge for the shirt. For me he's always lacked confidence, looking hesitant and always playing it safe.

    This season I'm seeing a totally different player to be honest and he's been hugely impressive. It's like he's been told he's the number 1 left back and has started to really believe in himself. He's been so effective going forward and has been unlucky not to have been involved in more goals.
     
  11. Kiedis

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    He's better than he ever was, but he did have a very good 15/16 season. Think his struggles last season had quite a bit to to with him coming back from injury and then needing some time to find his groove.
     
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  12. spursfan77

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    I always said he needed a run of games and criticism of him when he came into the team was harsh. I think that was based on the high standard of performance Danny Rose had put in so it's not really a criticism of anyone.
     
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    Most improved player, mos def
     
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    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/...chettino-danny-rose-out-picture-a7977071.html

    Ben Davies flourishing under Mauricio Pochettino's magic touch to push Danny Rose further out of thought

    The Welshman's time at Spurs since arriving from Swansea in 2014 has been slightly frustrating but the youngster is finally reaping the rewards after
    years of patience


    When Danny Rose gave an interview a few days before the start of the season, making clear that there was life outside Tottenham and he wouldn't hesitate in moving should it benefit him, it was widely agreed that he had a point, but the timing was bad. At that stage, most people meant bad timing for Tottenham, it coming about 48 hours before their first game and a few weeks after Kyle Walker was sold to Manchester City. As it turns out, the timing was worse for Rose.

    If you're going make grand statements you know will upset people, the best time to do so is when you're in the form of your life, indispensable to your current team and wildly attractive to others. Rose, who subsequently apologised and found his August pay packet a little lighter, was injured at the time, and indeed remains injured. He hasn't played a minute for Spurs this season and when Mauricio Pochettino was last asked, he was reluctant to set a date for his return. Not that, even if Rose was fit, he would walk back into the side at the moment.

    And the reason for that is Ben Davies. The Welshman's time at Spurs since arriving from Swansea in 2014 has been slightly frustrating, having made 41 league starts in the three seasons before this one. Davies has broadly been limited to cameos as cover and cup games. Before Rose was injured in January, Davies's longest run of consecutive league starts was four.

    But this term he has missed just one game, and if it's possible for a team like Spurs to have an unsung hero, he is it. So far this season, they haven't missed Rose, who was the best left-back in the Premier League last season.

    In the 4-0 against Huddersfield Davies was a constant threat, and while it helped that the opposition was perhaps not what you'd call menacing, a lot of Tottenham's game-plan involved attacking down the left. He made smart runs and put in some fine crosses, and if you worried that Spurs would miss Rose's relentless work rate, Davies’ general match contribution was summed up in the closing minutes when he provided Moussa Sissoko with the assist for Tottenham’s fourth.

    His goal was a combination of attacking anticipation, to be in the right place to capitalise on a defensive error, and delicate finishing, dinking the ball over an onrushing goalkeeper. But his creativity elsewhere stood out: as well as the assist for Sissoko's goal, he swung over a brilliant cross that Harry Kane volleyed home, albeit from an offside position. No defender in the Premier League has created more chances this season.

    After the game Pochettino fielded the expected and understandable questions about Kane, but it was interesting that when someone asked about Christian Eriksen, he quickly turned the attention elsewhere. “I think today that if we talk about one player other than Harry Kane it's Ben Davies,” he said. “Sometimes we have to be honest and recognise some players that aren't the focus.”

    Pochettino has improved plenty of players in his time at Spurs, but he seems to have a particular talent for full-back whispering. Rose and Walker were turned from talented but inconsistent attacking defenders into a crack pair who could play in at least two different positions at the same time. Now, Kieran Trippier's improvement was at least part of the reason Spurs were happy to sell Walker, and Davies could keep Rose out of the team.

    “He was so young when I arrived,” said Pochettino. “He was working so hard to make his moment, and always being professional. That is why his teammates, the club, everyone is so proud of him.

    “In the last three seasons he was so important for the team. For me he is one of the best full-backs in the Premier League. Today he showed a fantastic performance. Defensively and attacking, because he scored and gave an assist. His energy is fantastic.”

    That last part is perhaps key. In Pochettino's sides, you get nowhere without energy. And you can't play wing-back without it either. It's probably worth noting that's a relatively unfamiliar position for Davies too: he tends to play in a back three for Wales, but until Spurs adopted that formation more regularly last season, wing-back wasn't a role he filled very often. You wouldn't think that from watching him of late.

    For all the outstanding individuals Tottenham have, their strength is as a collective, a frantically undulating group of players who move as one. “Their understanding,” said Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy, when asked what the hardest thing about facing Spurs was. “They all know exactly what they're doing. Where to move, where the space is. They've very sharp in the way they think.” That was Rose, and might be again, but for the moment it's Davies.

    Being a fringe player at Tottenham must be a difficult business. You have to fully integrate yourself into the system, but to do that you have to spend plenty of time in the team, which isn't always possible because the first-choice players are so good. You might have to wait for an injury to get enough of a run in the side. Davies waited, and waited, and now he's been given a chance, he's taking it.
     
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  15. Streetspur77

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    Whilst Davies deserves credit for his improvement obviously, I also think poch has had a big hand to play in this

    There's something with poch and fullbacks, he can turn a rather average fullback into a world beater as he has done it so many times. Shaw,clyne,walker,rose,tripps and now Davies were all quite average before poch and now all arguably on another level

    He is a special, special manager

    EDIT: didn't see the article above when I posted
     
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  16. theShiznit

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    Even Bentaleb had his best game for us at LB, that's real fullback magic...


    Speaking of (in that Telegraph article) No song for Ben Davies.

    What about this (to the Adam Ant: Prince Charming tune)
    Ben Davies. Ben Davies... Danny Rose has no need to be Googling. :p
     
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  17. walton

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    This. I love his attitude. He (as far as we know) has never grumbled about the roration Poch employs, and was certainly in Rose's shadow last year. Now he has been given a chance at an extended run and has taken it with both hands. Top pro. As has been mentioned, there's no way Rose should walk back in as first choice LB when he returns.
     
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  18. Flashspur

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    He was a shadow of a player 2 seasons ago to what he is now. He is quicker, leaner, smarter and more adventurous. A complete transformation. If he keeps improving like this, we’ll have another potential world class fb on our hands.
     
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    These quotes really stand out for me and why we should always be patient with all of our new players. I think once these new players get on the same wavelength as the rest of the players it enhances them and they too become part of the well oiled machine. Makes me excited with regards to Aurier and very hopeful for N'Koudou, as Davies and Sissoko are proving this right now.
     
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  20. Danny1

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    I think people forget that Davies is still relatively young, he has played a lot of football but only turned 24 this year. He has his best years to come and is playing under a manager that clearly trusts him & has taught him an awful lot. If you compare Davies now, to when Rose & Walker were 24, he is probably the best of all 3.

    Im really happy for him & you can see he loves playing for us! Keep it up Ben, proud to have you with us!
     
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