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Tottenham's Ben Davies should push for a move away

Monday 23rd January 2017
There's a lull in the noise - a moment of anticipation as 20,000 Welsh fans hold their breath. Slovakian forward Marek Hamsik has taken the ball around the rushing Welsh keeper, Danny Ward, and has dispatched a shot at an empty net.

Miraculously, Welsh speaking Ben Davies slides and blocks the shot from crossing the line, keeping it at 0-0 in the opening minutes of the game. Heart attacks over: a few minutes later Gareth Bale fires an evasive and mischevious free kick into the Slovakian net to send the Welsh faithful into raptures.
This moment of defensive brilliance marked what would be a fantastic tournament for the Spurs left-back; his absence in the semi-final against Portugal was as harmful, if not more, than Aaron Ramsey's. He was one of Wales' best players, without a doubt.

The expectation was that he would now kick on and begin to regularly feature in Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs side. Unfortunately, he has been constantly overlooked, playing just 344 minutes of Premier League football this season. This is despite Tottenham opting to play 5 at the back; a system that befits Davies' qualities and attributes. Indeed, Kevin Wimmer was chosen to replace the injured Jan Vertonghen in Spurs' visit to Manchester City, even though Davies' best position is LCB - and he is a far superior player to the Austrian.

A player should always think judiciously before handing in a transfer request, but it appears the right time for Davies to do so. He needs game time, he needs to develop. The bright, fast and intelligent player that emerged at Swansea has received little development; there's no doubting he has bags of potential, but it isn't being realised at Spurs.

The 23-year-old cut a mature and senior figure in France and is a player beyond his years. Yet, his career will stagnate if he continues to occupy the bench at White Hart Lane.

Where could he go?



Crystal Palace


Spurs rejected a £8 million bid from Crystal Palace for his services recently, but Davies is better than Palace, currently. This would have been a considerable coup for Sam Allardyce, but it appears an unlikely move. If his Euro 2016 performances are anything to go by, he should be targeting a team in the top-half of the table.

Everton


Leighton Baines has been a great servant at Goodison Park but the 32-year-old will struggle to maintain the sharpness required at the highest level. Ronald Koeman should be considering acquiring Davies' services - his pace and tactical nouse mean he would complement the Dutchman's philosophies.

Manchester United


Granted, it sounds bizarre, but hear me out. United are in a need of a left back; Luke Shaw continues to be excluded from matchday squads as Jose Mourinho appears to favour Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian over the young Englishman.

Yet, it is clear Mourinho does not see Blind and Damian as constants - he constantly changes who plays at left back. Davies would thrive under Mourinho's coaching. He's humble and eager to learn and would assimilate into the attacking nature that Mourinho is attempting to reinstall at Old Trafford.

Whether or not Spurs will sell to a direct rival is a different matter, however.
Michael Jones

Football & political writer with a predictable love of everything retro. English Literature undergraduate at the University of Exeter, looking to pursue a career in sports journalism. For a collection of my work, visit. http://mikejonesmedia.wordpress.com

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