The arrival of Sergio Reguilon will have a positive impact on the performances of Tottenham full-back Ben Davies, according to Paul Robinson.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Tottenham and England goalkeeper believes Davies’ performance against Newcastle on Sunday proved he is ready to fight for his place.
Reguilon, 23, joined Spurs from Real Madrid in a £28million deal with the Spanish giants retaining an £37million buy-back clause.
The Spanish international made an impressive debut in Tottenham’s Carabao Cup game against Chelsea where he provided a late assist for Erik Lamela that took the game to penalties.
Davies is yet to miss a minute of Premier League action this campaign and Robinson believes he will fight hard to keep his place.
The former White Hart Lane number one made the surprise claim that experienced campaigner Davies – frequently the subject of strong fans criticism – can go to a whole new level.
He told Football Insider: “Whenever a player comes in in your position it’s back up, chest out all of a sudden.
“As soon as your position comes under threat or you’re not necessarily an immediate starter then it does have an effect on you as a player.
“You could see that with Ben Davies at the weekend.
“Reguilon’s come in, we all know how good he is, we all know the quality he’s got but that was Ben Davies at the weekend saying ‘OK, well I’m still here as well, this is my position. I’ve got the shirt at the moment, you’ve got to get it off me.’
“I thought credit to him, he was outstanding.”
Davies, 27, has played 195 times for Spurs since joining from Swansea City in the summer of 2014.
Last season he played just 18 Premier League games but he did start all of Tottenham’s games after the restart in June.
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