Tottenham defender Ben Davies will be “embarrassed” by his awful statistics in his team’s defeat to Liverpool.
That is according to ex-Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the “reliable” Wales defender.
Davies was given the nod to start for Spurs ahead of Sergio Reguilon in their 2-1 Premier League defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday night.
It was a “conservative” choice by Jose Mourinho that did not quite pay dividends in an absorbing encounter settled by Roberto Firmino’s thumping header in stoppage time.
Davies played the full 90 minutes of the clash and struggled to deal with the menacing Mohammed Salah.
The left-back had the worst pass completion rate of any player on the pitch, with just 35 per cent of his passes finding their intended target (WhoScored).
“That’s embarrassing for any senior pro, appalling, really, even against a side who dominate possession and pen you into your own half all the time,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“Ben Davies is a solid defender and you can see why Mourinho picks him, he does a decent job there.
“But, we know with full-backs these days, a huge part is contributing to the attacking play, bombing forward, overlapping and sending into crosses.
“Just look at Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, they’re the best at that.”
Tottenham were so under the cosh from a Liverpool side who ended the night top of the Premier League that Mourinho brought on Reguilon after 76 minutes to provide additional defensive protection in front of Davies.
The Wales international has made 19 appearances for Spurs in all competitions this season, including five Premier League starts.