David Pleat: Tottenham fringe player can do the job of first-teamer
By Dominic Toner
Former Tottenham manager David Pleat believes that defender Ben Davies can do the job of team-mate Danny Rose.
Rose has established himself as the first-choice left-back for Spurs in recent seasons and is regarded as one of the best in the Premier League in his position.
However, the England international picked up a knee injury on 31 January against Sunderland and has not featured since.
That has allowed his understudy Ben Davies a chance in the starting line-up and he has impressed with a number of solid performances.
The 23-year-old has slotted in well to the left wing-back position and managed to grab an assist in Spurs’ 3-2 victory over Everton on Sunday in the Premier League.
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Pleat has praised the effectiveness of the club’s full-backs and believes the team are strong whoever starts on the left hand side.
“The width of the wing-backs is so good it doesn’t matter if it’s Rose or Davies, it’s the way they get the ball and manoeuvre the ball, they induce people in, spread the ball wide and then really go,” Pleat said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
Davies is enjoying his run in the team and is helping Spurs try to clinch a top four spot this season.
The Wales international has mainly been used in club competitions by manager Mauricio Pochettino and is now getting the chance to showcase his talents in the league.
He is a versatile defender that can play in a three-man defence, but is currently playing as the left wing-back for the north London club.
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