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Profit Players: Ben Davies

Profit Players: Ben Davies

Tottenham supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their team book their place in the last four of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their meeting with North London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium having got past Watford and West Ham en route to the quarter-finals, and thus seeking to avenge their 4-2 defeat to Unai Emery’s Gunners in the Premier League a few weeks earlier. And they did just that with a routine 2-0 success on Wednesday night, with goals from Son Heung-min and Dele Alli sealing their place in the semi-finals, where they will face Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea.

Thus, there have been many delighted Spurs fans up and down the country in recent times, with the performance of Ben Davies, a left back by trade, in the centre of defence coming in for much praise from some supporters.

And it was current boss Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy who lured the Wales international to North London back in 2014 for just £11.39 million (as per Transfermarkt), which given his service to the club in the last few years, is proving to be a bargain and thus an astute investment from the Spurs chairman.

Ultimately, it was always going to be tricky for the 25-year-old to immediately command regular football at Spurs given the form of fellow left back Danny Rose, and so it proved given he mustered just 31 Premier League appearances in his first two seasons at White Hart Lane.

Yet he has since then been in battle with the England international for the regular left back role, and he has occasionally come out on top as well in making 34 appearances in all competitions in the 2016/17 season as Pochettino’s side finished second in the Premier League, before adding 38 last year as they again finished inside the top four.

And with 20 appearances already this time round, five of which coming in their successful Champions League group stage campaign, Davies continues to prove his worth to manager Pochettino, and that has been none-more-so evident than in recent weeks against Burnley and Arsenal.

And that’s because the Welshman has deputised admirably at centre back in both of those matches in helping Spurs to two wins and two clean sheets in that time – he may have played centre back before as part of a back three for Wales, but he is very much a novice in the centre of a back four.

Yet he has made it look very easy indeed in the last week or so to underline just how talented a defender the 25-year-old really is, at the same time emphasising just what an astute piece of business it was to lure him to the club back in 2014 – ultimately, he has since been a vital member of the squad at Spurs, be it at left back or indeed more recently at centre half.

And having spent just £11.39 million on the 25-year-old four-and-a-half years ago, it’s fair to say that the North Londoners are reaping the rewards from another excellent piece of Levy business.

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