Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Ben Davies will start on Thursday night in the Europa League.
Spurs host Bulgarian side Ludogorets in the Europa League group stages and the manager can’t be blamed if he’s got one eye on the Premier League showdown three days later against rivals Chelsea.
Davies, who earns £60,000-a-week (Spotrac), will come into the starting XI and he will bring real experience after recently passing the landmark of 200 appearances for the North London club.
The 27-year-old Welshman competes with summer signing Sergio Reguilon at left-back, with the latter currently holding the first-choice position of starting in the league games.
Mourinho has put Davies into the category of Spurs players working very hard for the team, which is why he was always planning to start him against Ludogorets and clearly has big faith in him.
“Ben Davies has to start. He didn’t play Sunday, he plays tomorrow,” Mourinho said, as quoted by Football.London.
“Just as an example, good players, good professionals. Working very hard for the team. I consider them first options. So between Sergio and Ben, they are first options. So of course after Sergio played on Sunday it’s normal that Ben is going to play tomorrow.
Despite the fact Spurs still have a lot of work to do to qualify from their Europa League group, fans should expect a few changes to the XI ahead of Chelsea.
They are currently locked together with Royal Antwerp and LASK on six points from three games so far, which is why the pressure is on them to take care of business against bottom of the group Ludogorets tomorrow night.
The full-back positions are perhaps the one area the manager can feel most comfortable in rotating, as he’s got Davies, Reguilon, Serge Aurier and Matt Doherty as senior options.