COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Tottenham defender Ben Davies has proved to be an excellent addition to the starting line-up recently as he fills in for the injured Danny Rose.
The 23-year-old has started the last nine consecutive Premier League games and played an important role in the club’s title challenge.
Spurs face title rivals Chelsea on Saturday in the FA Cup semi-final and Davies is expected to continue as the only senior left-back available.
The Wales international has looked assured in the left wing-back position and offered great athleticism on the flank.
However, he is set to face his toughest test yet when they line up against Antonio Conte’s well organised outfit.
Chelsea may have suffered two defeats in their last four games, but have been the standout season in the top flight this season and Davies could be in for a difficult evening on Saturday.
He is likely to line-up directly against Blues attacker Pedro, while right wing-back Victor Moses often bombs forward in support.
Chelsea winger Pedro has been in sensational form this season and his trickery could really test the defensive attributes of Davies.
The 29-year-old has been able to recapture the form he showed at Barcelona and been a main driving force this season for Conte’s side.
The Spaniard has made 35 appearances this campaign across all competitions, scoring 11 goals and supplying 10 assists.
Pedro has also thrived in the FA Cup so far by scoring three goals and the Blues will be hoping he can extend that record at the weekend.
Davies has proven he is a top Premier League defender, but will need to have his wits about him if he is to deal with Chelsea’s lively right flank.
In other Tottenham news, Jamie Carragher has delivered his verdict on the club’s title hopes.