Tottenham Hotspur left-back Ben Davies produced another disappointing display despite assisting the winning goal in his team’s vital 2-1 Champions League win against PSV Eindhoven at Wembley on Tuesday night, and the club should move to snap up FC Porto’s Alex Telles.
Well, establishing himself as Mauricio Pochettino’s first-choice left-back since the start of last season, the Wales international has really struggled for form both defensively and offensively this season.
The 25-year-old had failed to pick up a single assist in his opening 12 appearances of the campaign in all competitions before his late cross against the Dutch outfit was swept home by Harry Kane, but it did little to cover up another poor showing from the former Swansea City man.
According to WhoScored, only three of the full-back’s 10 crosses were accurate on the night, as well as only one of his three attempted long balls.
The Welshman also gave away three fouls, and failed to get any of his four shots on target – albeit three of those were blocked.
With Davies seemingly not able to be the starting left-back for a team with the ambitions that Tottenham should have – and with Rose not up to the task either – one of the priorities for Pochettino must be to bring in a new player in that position.
One name that should be near the top of the Argentine’s wanted list is Telles, with the Brazilian proving to be a dependable performer for Porto in recent seasons.
As well as being reliable from a defensive point of view and having Champions League experience, he has also provided 33 assists in 105 games for the Portuguese giants to show the impact he can make in the final third.
The full-backs are a big part of Pochettino’s style of play at Tottenham, and Telles would prove to be a huge upgrade on Davies.