Former England right-back Danny Mills has been very critical of Tottenham Hotspur’s Ben Davies in the aftermath of their game against RB Leipzig in the Champions League.
Spurs lost 1-0 against the Bundesliga outfit, with Timo Werner scoring the winning goal from the penalty spot. It was Davies who was responsible for giving away the spot kick, clumsily bringing down Konrad Laimer inside the box just before the hour mark (BT Sport).
It was a bad moment for the Welsh international, who was making just his second appearance since returning to the team after missing 18 games in all competitions with an ankle injury (Transfermarkt).
Mills has little sympathy for the 26-year-old and has suggested that it was a very bad error from the former Swansea City man which definitely could have been avoided.
Speaking about the incident, the ex-Leeds United defender told Football Insider: “Giving away the penalty was really poor defending. He seemed to get caught out completely by the flight of the ball, no real idea what he was thinking in that situation. That cost them dear.
“He could have dealt with that situation so much better, there were other defenders there in and around him but he got it completely wrong, gave away an unnecessary penalty at that stage and Tottenham were on the back foot thereafter.”
Mills is correct in what he is saying here, Davies was all over the place when the pass was played to Laimer and he made a costly error which has left his team with a mountain to climb as they must come from behind in the return leg at the Red Bull Arena.
He may well still be a little rusty following his relatively long injury lay-off but he must get himself up to speed soon with some crunch matches coming up for Spurs in the Premier League and FA Cup, as well as the second game against Leipzig.
In fairness to Davies, he isn’t usually someone who makes rash decisions. In 27 Premier League games last year he didn’t make any errors which led to goals nor did he give away a penalty (SofaScore), so Jose Mourinho will be hoping that his mistake on Wednesday was a one off and he can get back to his usual, steady self.
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