'Under-appreciated' - Cascarino delivers verdict on Tottenham first teamer
By Aramide Oladipo
Tony Cascarino has heaped heavy praise on Tottenham defender Ben Davies following his impressive start to the season and compared him to former Manchester United stalwart Denis Irwin.
The 24-year-old has started every single Premier League match for Spurs so far with last season’s preferred choice Danny Rose out of action due to injury.
The full-back has produced some impressive displays this campaign, notching up his first goal of the season in the 2-0 victory against Newcastle United in the opening league fixture at St James’ Park.
Davies was one of the standout performers for the North London side as they defeated league rivals Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park on the weekend, with the left-back contributing with two assists.
The result lifted the North London club into fifth place in the Premier League table just three points behind current leaders Manchester United.
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Writing in his column for the Times, Cascarino believes that the Welshman deserves more credit for his ability and feels that he is a key member of the Spurs first-team.
“I look at Ben Davies and I think, there is a player who the Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino can trust,” he wrote.
“He reminds me a bit of Denis Irwin in the way that he never really makes mistakes.
“And he has brilliantly handled the pressure of filling in for Danny Rose, the first-choice left back, who is injured.
“Davies might not be as easy on the eye as Rose in terms of the pace of his play or his dynamism, but I think he is a little under-appreciated.”
The Wales international is likely to feature in midweek as the Spurs get their Champions League campaign underway against Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Davies only managed to make three appearances in the elite European club competition last season when Tottenham failed to progress past the group stages.
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