Tottenham Hotspur have had a largely impressive pre-season, especially considering the long list of players missing due to World Cup duties with France, Belgium and England. But yesterday proved too much for the club’s younger players, as they went down 4-1 against La Liga side Girona.
It was a game which certainly left Tottenham with some lessons about their younger players, but also some of their more senior representatives.
Ben Davies, in particular, had a poor day at the office. Playing at centre-back for most of the game the Welshman struggled to contain Girona’s attack in a poor defensive display.
He improved at left-back, but it certainly led to questions about his suitability as a central defender for Spurs.
Davies, who has often played that role for his country, has been touted as a reason why Tottenham may not bring in a new face if Toby Alderweireld leaves. The Mirror seem to think that is now happening, a £60 million switch to Manchester United.
With Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier present, some have claimed Davies could also help out – along with youngsters Juan Foyth and Cameron Carter-Vickers.
But, as improved as Davies was last season at left-back, he cannot be considered a genuine central defensive option. Tottenham should, therefore, get looking for another central defender if Alderweireld is moved on.