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Spurs: Ben Davies was below par despite scoring in Stoke City victory

Ben Davies, aside from scoring, was rather below par as Tottenham Hotspur sealed their place in the Carabao Cup semi-finals earlier this evening.

Jose Mourinho’s side defeated Championship outfit Stoke City 3-1 in Staffordshire to move to within two victories of clinching their first piece of silverware since 2008.

Spurs star Gareth Bale headed home from a delightful Harry Winks delivery in the 22nd minute before Davies and Harry Kane sent them back to north London with the triumph after Jordan Thompson slotted past Hugo Lloris.

And despite finding the net with 20 minutes to go, the 27-year-old Welshman was rather disappointing.

His 7.2 rating was undoubtedly down to the sheer quality of his long-range strike as he also lost possession a whopping 20 times, more than any other player on the pitch, as per SofaScore.

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

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Harry Winks

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Matt Doherty

Harry Kane

Harry Kane

This is even more shocking as it was against a second-flight team rather than one in the Premier League – he can count his lucky stars it wasn’t as they would have certainly punished his wastefulness.

Davies also failed to record a single tackle or block, won just 50% of his dues – both aerially and on the ground – and failed to deliver an accurate cross from two attempts.

It’s no wonder Sergio Reguilon is preferred to him as Mourinho’s first choice, and that’s unlikely to change as he has potentially blown his one opportunity to impress.

Don’t let that goal fool you.

The Welsh international made just three of 13 long balls (23%), which only proves how careless he was with the ball at his feet.

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He was also at fault for the Potters’ goal too, both Davies and Eric Dier should be doing so, so much better against this level of opposition, especially with the former earning around £60k-per-week in N17.

The £18m-rated (€20m) right-back was certainly worse than Dele Alli despite the Englishman being hooked just after the hour mark as well as only earning a 6.2 rating by SofaScore.

Rob Guest at football.london claimed the Spurs outcast was “very bright” which was echoed by Darren Bent on Sky Sports punditry, who claimed Alli looked “hungry” and “very, very sharp” (23rd December, 19:30).

It was Davies who was the passenger, not Alli.

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