Scouting Report: Ben Davies

The new Tottenham signing made his first appearance since signing from Swansea City in a pre-season friendly against Toronto FC and made his presence felt going forward
By Alex Moretto

Ben Davies continues to impress since his Premier League debut in August 2012 and will be eager to prove his worth as he takes a big step forward, moving away from Wales for the first time in his career.
The 21-year-old made the most of Neil Taylor's season-ending injury two years ago, stepping in as a replacement and never looking back, becoming a fan favourite at the Liberty Stadium.
The new Tottenham signing only officially joined the team for training on Tuesday but his attacking prowess was on full display in his 45 minutes of action as he helped his new team jump out to a 2-0 lead headed into the break. Here, Goal assesses his performance and what the future may hold.


It was quite an energetic performance from Davies at BMO Field, getting forward straight from kick-off, keen to showcase his talents to his new team-mates.
Tottenham enjoyed an impressive 67 per cent possession in the opening 45 minutes, allowing the Wales international to spend a large portion of his time in the attacking half, making a number of threatening runs down the left flank and rarely failing to produce a worthy final ball.
Deployed behind Aaron Lennon on the left side, Davies got into some good areas with his overlapping runs, linking up particularly well Christian Eriksen, who was able to pick him out on more than a few occasions.
The former Swansea City defender created an early chance, sliding in behind Toronto FC right-back Jeremy Hall before cutting it back for Lennon, who failed to pick out a good final ball.
Just past the half-hour mark, Davies made a brilliant run into space, serving the ball up on a platter for Erik Lamela who smacked his first-time shot straight at goalkeeper Chris Konopka.
At the back, he was tasked with marking the very speedy Dominic Oduro. Chances were few and far between for the hosts but the Ghanaian winger did get in behind his marker and present his team with their best attack of the half before Younes Kaboul slid in to rescue his new team-mate. Davies was then brought off at half-time along with nine other Tottenham players.


Tottenham's back four struggled mightily last season so he should have plenty of opportunities to play first-team football and contribute to the greater good of the team.
He is the first and only outfield signing made by Pochettino so far this summer, which speaks highly of the manager’s regard for his talents.
Davies also becomes Tottenham's first Welsh player since the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, meaning that he may have some big expectations to which to live up but, if he can impress in his first season at White Hart Lane, he could very well be their No.1 left-back for years to come.

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Progression. Davies was something of a revelation for Swansea last season but, at the ripe age of 21, his potential knows no bounds.
The defender has been a model of consistency early in his career, appearing in 34 Premier League matches and six of eight in the Europa League with the Swans last season. If he can take control of a starting spot, which should not be too much to ask, he figures to be a regular contributor to Tottenham’s Champions League aspirations.
The Welshman is always eager to get forward on the overlap and make himself a viable option in attack, shown by his 28 chances created in 34 league appearances last season, while adding a couple of goals and an assist.
He enjoys spending time in the attacking half, which should allow him to blossom under the guidance of Pochettino, who had a similar young talent at left-back with Southampton in Luke Shaw.
Defensively, Davies is no slouch either, averaging nearly two interceptions per match last season while receiving just three cautions. His arrival should help shore up what was a porous defence at White Hart Lane in 2013-14, while allowing Jan Vertonghen to return to his natural position at centre-back.
Davies will be hoping to take the reins and end the black hole at left-back that was Danny Rose and Benoit Assou-Ekotto in the past few seasons.