Ben Davies wants to give Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino a nice problem at left-back
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Welshman has thrived since Danny Rose suffered an injury at the beginning of 2017 and started the new campaign in excellent form
Ben Davies is determined to give Mauricio Pochettino the toughest possible selection headache when Danny Rose returns from injury, having contributed a goal and an assist at Huddersfield on Saturday.
The Welshman put Spurs 2-0 up in the 16th minute at the John Smith’s Stadium, finding the net in between two Harry Kane strikes, and then provided the cross when Moussa Sissoko scored his first goal for the club at the end of the match.
Davies had previously registered at Newcastle on the opening day of the season, and played a key role in two of the Lilywhites’ three goals at Everton, underlining his improvement in the final third.
Meanwhile Rose has been out of action with a knee problem since January, and Davies said: “I just want to keep playing and put a thought in the manager’s mind when we’re both fit.
“Danny’s a top player, you can’t forget. It’s going to be a challenge when he comes back but I think it’s one we’re both excited for.
“In that wing-back position you’re going to get into situations where you’re going to create chances, and in the last few games it’s come off.
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“I don’t think a strong part of my game is running at people one v one, but you’ve got to try your best every time you get in. You’ve got to try to get past your man, or even just create half a yard to be able to put a decent ball in.
“Overall it’s something I’m always looking to improve and always looking to better, and it’s nice to see it paying off.
“When you join a club like Spurs, at the time it’s all about trying to get to play in these games, like [the one coming up] against Real Madrid. It’s just about being ready for when the chance comes, and when I’ve had a run of games it’s been nice to be able to get a bit of consistency.”
Davies is now linking up with former Spurs man Gareth Bale in the Wales squad – and he admits they are likely to discuss the imminent Champions League clashes between Tottenham and reigning European champions Madrid.
“For us it’s all about the Wales games coming up, but I’m sure we’ll have a chat about it,” said Davies. “Do I play against him much in training? We tend to do a bit of team shape so he’s on my side, so that’s a bit of a blessing.”
This month’s showdown at the Bernabeu will pit Tottenham’s current talisman, Kane, against their previous icon, Bale – and Davies can see parallels with regard to their respective journeys in north London.
“They’re totally different players - Harry’s an out-and-out goalscorer and ‘Gaz’ is a bit of a winger - but in terms of development it’s relatively similar,” said Davies.
“Harry’s all about goals, and if he keeps getting the goals like he does then people have to stand up and take notice.
“For us as a team, to have somebody like him up top - knowing that if we get a chance then nine times out of 10 it ends up in the back of net - is an amazing feeling.
“When you put the ball in for somebody like ‘H’ up top and you can see the goals he’s getting, it makes it easy for you.”