It appears that Ben Davies is closing in on his return to action for Tottenham Hotspur. The 26-year-old has had a rough season with injuries. He has played just six league games for the club and has been out of action with an ankle injury since November.
The Welsh international was speaking to the club’s official website this week when he suggested he could be in line for a return to action against Aston Villa this weekend.
“I feel good. It’s been a tough one, difficult not to be involved but look, it happens in football, and you have to be ready when you come back.
“I want to be part of the group but unfortunately in that first game against West Ham I had that taken away from me. I feel ready now and I can’t wait to get back out there.”
To some, it might not be the most exciting news. Davies is something of a divisive figure at Tottenham, with the fans split on whether he is a capable option or simply not at the level needed for Tottenham to progress.
But one man who will clearly be happy about Davies’ return is Jose Mourinho.
It would appear that the Welshman is key to the Tottenham manager’s plans in North London.
Davies picked up his injury in Mourinho’s first game as boss against West Ham United. He provided defensive balance on the left-hand side to Serge Aurier’s more swashbuckling approach to defending on the right.
It was something Mourinho has discussed in the press since, telling the Evening Standard in January that Davies was key to how he wanted to ‘develop the team’.
“If you want to know what I wanted to do, look to my first game – against West Ham. That’s the way I thought I was going to develop the team. Defend with a back four, attack with a back three. That was the first day of unlucky, goodbye Ben Davies.”
Since then, Jan Vertonghen’s form has plummeted so youngster Japhet Tanganga has been entrusted with the role. Whilst he has thrived, Mourinho may now see a chance to give him some rest time as Davies returns.
Whilst not the most outstanding talent in the Tottenham team, it is clear that Mourinho sees Davies as key to the balance of his current set-up. Hopefully, he can help Tottenham continue their six-game winning streak.