If you’re telling The Sun that you deserve a better contract while stuck on the sidelines with injury, you’d better hope your understudy isn’t enjoying some of the best form of his career.
Ben Davies hasn’t convinced everybody since moving to north London from Swansea City three years ago but after Danny Rose’s season-ending injury in January, he was a permanent fixture in the Tottenham side that ended last term with a run of 13 wins in 15 games.
The Wales international has started the current campaign strongly too, most notably producing a vibrant attacking performance in a 3-0 win over Everton on Saturday, where both full-backs (Kieran Trippier on the other side) played an intrinsic role.
Tellingly of Davies’ impact going forward, he whipped 10 crosses into the box, two of which found their target, laid on five created chances, one of which was converted by Harry Kane, and had the most touches of the ball of any Spurs player.
Most Tottenham fans will argue Davies still isn’t at Rose’s level – the England international has, after all, twice claimed a spot in the PFA Team of the Season – but is the difference so great the Lilywhites will feel obliged to buckle to any wage demands the latter makes next time contract negotiations come around?
The sale of Kyle Walker this summer suggests probably not and while Davies continues to perform well in Rose’s absence, Daniel Levy will feel he has sufficient leverage around the negotiating table.