Journalist Michael Bridge has claimed that Ben Davies will remain at Spurs ahead of next season after doing ‘really well’ this term.
Davies struggled to get in the side under former Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo, as Sergio Reguilon was picked for the left-back role ahead of the Welshman. But he has been heavily used by Antonio Conte since his arrival, and played in every league game so far under the Italian coach’s reign, apart from the Boxing Day fixture against Crystal Palace.
The Welsh defender has shown his versatility as he has primarily played in a back three, but has also featured occasionally in his favoured position of left-back.
With Davies being consistently picked under Conte, Bridge claimed to GiveMeSport that the Welshman will remain at the club next season.
He said: “Ben Davies has done really well. He will be at Tottenham next season without a shadow of a doubt, he can play at left-back and left centre-back.”
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TIF Thoughts on Michael Bridge’s comments…
This may come as a surprise to some as the Athletic reported earlier on this month that Spurs want to sign an upgrade for Ben Davies.
Davies is currently valued at £18m (as per Transfermarkt) and his current contract with Spurs is not set to expire until 2024. The defender has had a mixed bag in terms of stats this term, as he has an average passing accuracy of 85%, which is the fifth-highest in the squad, but he is not in the top five for Spurs in terms of tackles or clearances per game, as per SofaScore.
Albeit, his defensive stats may not be as high as his teammates because he has played on the left of a back three, which could be seen as a position where less defending is required, and you get on the ball a lot more.
With the consistent involvement in the side, it would be unlikely that Conte would look to ship Davies out in the summer, largely due to his versatility, so we can see why Bridge is so confident that the Welshman’s Spurs future is secure.