Tottenham left-back Ben Davies has weighed in on the chances of keeping his place in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting line-up when Danny Rose returns from his long-term knee injury.
Davies has seemingly made the full-back position his own this season, after a series of stellar performances.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, 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.
“It’s going to be a challenge when he comes back but 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.”
Up until Rose’s injury last season, Davies’ spell at Tottenham had been fairly frustrating.
The Wales international had started just 41 league games in three seasons following his move from Swansea, with Rose the manager’s preferred choice at left-back.
However, that changed when Rose picked up a serious knee injury in January against Sunderland, which has kept him out of the side ever-since.
Davies initially struggled to replicate the performances of the England international, but has been a revelation in the side so far this season.
At the weekend, Davies grabbed a goal and an assist in Spurs’ 4-0 victory at Huddersfield, taking his tally of the season to two goals and two assists.
Unfortunately for Rose, Spurs have barely missed him this season, with Davies growing in confidence every week and competently contributing to the side’s attacking play as well as defence.
Davies added: “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.
“When you join a club like Spurs, at the time it’s all about trying to get to play in these games, like against Madrid.
“It’s just about being ready for when the chance comes.”
Davies’ is among Dream Team’s highest scoring defenders this season, with a current total of 49 points.
To give that some context, Arsenal’s Hector Bellein, Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta and his Spurs teammate Jan Vertonghen are all trailing him points-wise.
With Spurs up against Bournemouth after the international break, the Welshman might be well worth a place in your Dream Team Weekender side.