By Richard Parks
Garth Crooks has slammed Ben Davies on the BBC Sport website for the “shocker” tackle on Vincent Kompany and insisted the Tottenham player is lucky to have escaped with “all his teeth”.
Davies lunged towards the Manchester City captain during his side’s 3-1 defeat at Wembley on Saturday night and seemed to try to pull out at the last moment, but still caught the Belgian painfully on the leg with his studs up.
Kompany was livid with the Welshman in the aftermath, pointing angrily at the Spurs left-back, who attempted to proclaim his innocence.
The Belgium international stopped short of taking the kind of retribution that BBC pundit and former Spurs striker Crooks claimed could have ensued as he ran the rule over a performance from the centre-back that made his team of the week.
“I was never sure of the wisdom of leaving Vincent Kompany out of the second leg of the Champions League fixture against Liverpool,” Crooks explained on the BBC Sport website.
“If Kompany is fit he should play. Nevertheless, Pep Guardiola recalled his captain for the match against Spurs and the Belgium international was superb.
“As for the tackle by Ben Davies on Kompany which was missed by referee Jon Moss – it was a shocker. Davies is a lucky boy – not to stay on the field but, by the reaction of Kompany, to have all his teeth.”
Football Insider verdict:
Davies is a zealous but far from malicious tackler. However, he got it all wrong against Kompany on Saturday and was extremely fortunate that Moss didn’t see it. Had the referee done so, Davies would have got his marching orders and Spurs would have probably suffered an even bigger defeat. The Wales international has been the team’s preferred left-back this season, due to the fitness and form issues suffered by Danny Rose. The Englishman’s future is in major doubt beyond this campaign, while Davies is almost certain to begin 2018-19 not only at the new White Hart Lane, but also in the starting XI.
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