Jose Mourinho has claimed during an interview with Tottenham Hotspur’s official Twitter account that Ben Davies deserves the title of “unsung hero”, claiming that he cannot remember the performances of two Arsenal players.
Spurs earned a 2-1 win over Arsenal last time out as Son Heung-min and Toby Alderweireld found the back of the net, cancelling out Alexandre Lacazette’s wonderful opener. It was a crucial win in the hunt for European places.
Davies was given plenty of plaudits for his performance on the left side of the defence. The Wales international is renowned more for his defensive work rather than his attacking prowess, though he struck the bar with a shot.
Mourinho praised the Welshman, claiming he kept right winger Nicolas Pepe and right-back Hector Bellerin quiet throughout the match – cheekily saying he cannot remember anything that Pepe and Bellerin did.
“I agree,” Mourinho said, when asked if Davies was an unsung hero. “When people look for the man of the match, they look at the player that scored an amazing goal. People forget those that are impeccable in their work.
“I don’t remember Pepe, in the game. Such a good player, but I don’t remember him. I remember Bellerin once, when he cut inside and tried to have a shot. I don’t remember him otherwise. Ben did some incredible work.”
TBR’s view – Can Davies be Tottenham’s long-term left-back?
No, he is not as good at getting forward as Serge Aurier is on the right – but the Ivorian is weak when defending. It is near impossible to be just as good as attacking and defending, as a full-back.
Davies is decent in the opposition half but is excellent as a defensive left-back. So much so that he can even play on the left side of a back three. Yes, without a doubt, he can be the long-term solution at left-back.