Report details why Pochettino does not want to cash in on fringe man this month
By Amir Mir
Tottenham left-back Ben Davies is highly unlikely to leave the club this month, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim that the 23-year-old has been attracting interest from London rivals Crystal Palace.
It is said that recently appointed Palace boss Sam Allardyce is a huge admirer of the Welshman as he tries to add solidity to his struggling defensive backline.
Spurs senior centre-back Jan Vertonghen recently injured his ankle ligaments which could rule him out of action for a few months.
It means Davies, who can play on the left-hand side of a back three, could be one of the players to replace the Belgian in the starting XI.
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It is said that this makes Davies more important to the north London club and manager Mauricio Pochettino is especially reluctant to let him go with the Europa League set to return next month.
Davies has played 13 games in all competitions for Pochettino’s side, but he has started just three games in the Premier League this term.
Football Insider verdict:
With the injury to Jan Vertonghen, Ben Davies should stay at the north London club as his opportunities for first-team football will now open up. When Vertonghen got injured against West Brom at the weekend, Pochettino brought on Davies as his replacement which is perhaps an indication as to which player he wants to replace the Belgian with. When given the opportunity, Davies has impressed for the side, both in attack and defence. These performances have been very valuable to the north London club as they chase the Premier League title. Davies will become more of an asset when Spurs enter the Europa League next month as their fixture list piles up in what will be an important ending to this campaign.
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