Darren Bent says that Tottenham defender Ben Davies is “unfortunate” to find himself in a position behind Danny Rose in the pecking order and that he is relying on his teammate picking up a problem to get any reasonable game time.
The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Welsh international is battling it out with one of the best left-backs in the division and that he is going to have to remain as backup until an injury or drop in form hits.
Davies has only played four times across all competitions for Mauricio Pochettino this season, including starting the disappointing 2-2 draw against Olympiacos and the shock League Cup defeat to Colchester.
Bent insists that the 26-year-old is going to have to bide his time if he is going to get any decent game time at Tottenham, naming his English counterpart as one of the best options the Premier League has to offer.
Bent told Football Insider: “He’s now relying on lack of form or injuries because Danny Rose is the best left-back, or one of the best left-backs in the Premier League. He’s unfortunate that he’s in that position.
“He’s very, very good back up, Ben Davies, he’s never really done anything wrong at Spurs. When Danny Rose was going through confidence issues and injury issues, Davies stepped in and did really, really well.
“When Danny Rose is fit he’s arguably the best left-back in the conversation and in the Premier League. I think Ben Davies understands where he’s at, but at the same time he needs know there’s going to be an opportunity where he’s going to be called upon and he needs to be ready.”
Davies has played a total of 172 times for Tottenham since arriving in north London, with 40 of those appearances coming during the 2018/19 campaign.