Ben Davies must have been nothing short of gutted when he was omitted from the starting lineup for Tottenham’s FA Cup semi-final clash with Chelsea last Sunday.
And he must have been borderline infuriated when his replacement at left wing-back, Heung-min Son, fouled Victor Moses inside the box with a sliding tackle so naively early it’s execution predated Anne Boleyn’s.
But after the South Korean’s disastrous contribution to Spurs’ 4-2 defeat at Wembley, the Wales international was brought back in for Tottenham’s trip to Selhurst Park on Wednesday night, playing a huge role in Mauricio Pochettino’s side keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 win.
Indeed, Davies lined up against the in-form Wilfried Zaha, who boasts one goal and five assists against top six opposition this season, and thoroughly excelled, making four tackles, six clearances and winning four aerial duels.
But they were by no means the defender’s only contributions in an impressive all-round display. He was also a force for Spurs going forward, launching eight crosses into the box, two of which found their target, and creating a further three chances.
It was a committed, all-action display from Davies that will make Pochettino think twice about not trusting him in big games going forward.