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Tottenham: Ben Davies let Antonio Conte down vs West Ham

Tottenham picked up a huge three points in their quest to win back Champions League football next season as they saw off West Ham 3-1 on Sunday.

It ended a topsy-turvy run of form for Spurs as they won back to back games for the first time since December.

The final scoreline made it look rather easy for Antonio Conte’s men and indeed, it was a lot simpler than they’d have envisaged after the Irons beat Sevilla a few days ago.

David Moyes’ team have been seriously impressive of late but the north Londoners made light work of their opponents on Sunday afternoon.

However, it wasn’t completely plain sailing as defender Ben Davies demonstrated why Conte would be right to move on from the Welshman in the summer and bring in a replacement.

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The fact of the matter is that if Spurs want to move to the next level then they will need great quality at left centre-back.

Previously described as “appalling” by pundit Noel Whelan, the £16.2m-rated defender wasn’t disastrous against the Hammers but the man he was charged with marking throughout the match, Said Benrahma, was the visitors’ goalscorer.

From a statistical point of view, it wasn’t the best day at the office either.

In terms of his defensive work, Davies was a lightweight as he won just 33% of his duels throughout the encounter; 1/1 aerial duel and 0/2 ground duels.

The Wales international didn’t make a single tackle during the match and offered little when he did stride forward, managing just one cross, which was inaccurate.

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He dealt with the West Ham attack relatively well but there was certainly a few shaky moments. After all, the Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick said of his and Sergio Reguilon’s performance: “The left flank was Spurs’ weaker side in general.”

With that in mind, West Ham clearly targeted him and on another day, it could have been much worse.

Consequently, Davies did his job fairly well but there are still elements of doubt when it comes to his overall quality.

His passing lacked inventiveness and when given the ball, there was a lack of urgency, often opting for the safe route.

The word safe probably defines the 28-year-old who has never really been too special for Spurs. As a result, he is surely one of the first culprits to be axed in the summer.

AND in other news, Forget Son: 103-touch Spurs gem who’s “a bit of Modric” stole the show today…

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