Some Tottenham fans have reacted with joy to the news of Ben Davies’ return to training on Twitter.
Davies has been out of action for Mourinho’s men since the Portuguese manager’s first game in charge of Spurs, a 3-2 win away to West Ham on 23rd November. It was originally reported that Davies’ ankle ligament injury would see the Welsh full-back miss ‘an extended period’ of game time.
An injury is never welcome, however, the 26-year-old’s setback may have come at the worst possible time, with a new manager having just arrived and an action-packed festive period coming around the corner. Davies has missed a total of 19 games for Spurs thus far, during his 79 days on the sidelines, as per Transfermarkt.co.uk.
Davies has been welcomed back joyfully by some Spurs fans as new footage emerged of the Welshman back on the training ground recently. Read the pleased reactions of some Spurs fans to this new footage in the tweets below.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 12, 2020
and he’s back ?
— megg (@meganxthfc) February 12, 2020
Welcome back Ben ?
— Matt (@TN28i_) February 12, 2020
Welcome back, Ben! Such an underrated baller.
— Taylor (@thfctaylor) February 12, 2020
Underrated part of Mourinho's system!
— The Spurs Web ?? (@thespursweb) February 12, 2020
Welcome back, Ben?? pic.twitter.com/wMgdGEFW3C
— SPURSONNY (@SPURSONNY) February 13, 2020
Will be like a new signing ???? much needed for our run in.
— Rob Wyatt (@RobVinWyatt) February 12, 2020
Our #1 LB.
— Sheldon. (@SilenceSheldon) February 12, 2020
He's finally back ?
— ?????™ (@spurswift) February 12, 2020
What do we think?
Davies’ role at Spurs has enjoyed an increase in importance throughout the course of his five full seasons at the club. The left-back started fewer than 10 Premier League games in his first season, however, his positive development since saw him start 20-plus Premier League games in each of the two seasons prior to the ongoing one.
As per the Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick, Mourinho has noted the importance of the absent Ben Davies to his tactical plans with Spurs, while acknowledging the unfortunate nature of his almost immediate injury.
Having sent veteran left-back Danny Rose out on loan to Newcastle United in January, the Spurs manager may have had a similar reaction to some of the Spurs fans in the tweets above to Davies’ return to the training ground.