Tottenham Hotspur defender Ben Davies could have been the solution to one of Jose Mourinho’s long lasting problems.
The Welsh defender excelled on international duty in midweek, proving his versatility in a three-at-the-back system, showing his Spurs boss exactly what he should do after missing out on Milan Skriniar.
Joe Rodon has been another name on the shortlist and it does seem as though he will be the final summer arrival in north London. However, could Spurs have avoided splashing out on the Welshman given they already have Davies?
Spurs had the second-worst defensive record of any top seven side last season and are yet to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League this season, so centre-back is an area that needs work.
However, instead of getting Rodon in, Mourinho should have looked to Davies to resolve that issue.
Per SofaScore, the 27-year-old recorded two clearances, one key pass and one interception whilst he also won seven of 11 duels and made 88% of his 67 passes.
The €20-rated (£18m) ace played on the left side of a back three with Rodon next to him and that’s something that could be replicated in N17.
Mourinho has Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez, Japhet Tanganga and Rodon for the two other spots in the middle. It could also unleash summer arrivals Sergio Reguilon and Matt Doherty at their natural wing-back position too.
Gareth Bale is a big fan of his international teammate too, lauding him nearly a year ago, he said: “Ben has been fantastic since he has come in, he has been a consistent performer. He keeps improving every year and we are lucky to have him in the squad with us.”
Despite summer chases for Skriniar and Rodon, the solution may have been right under Mourinho’s nose, but it seems he wasn’t brave enough to test it out with the Premier League’s return this week.
Dier could be Spurs’ own Conor Coady as a former midfielder himself, dictating play in the middle of the back three whilst Sanchez and Davies offer valuable pace either side.
It could have paid serious dividends and saved Daniel Levy a few quid too.
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