According to Joe Bernstein of the Mail on Sunday, Ben Davies is ‘close to agreeing’ a new deal at Tottenham and ‘would be first-choice’ under Mauricio Pochettino in 2019/20 if Danny Rose is sold. Davies made 40 appearances in all competitions last season, but he was still playing second-fiddle to Rose at left-back.
The 26-year-old featured in 27 games in the Premier League, nine in the Champions League, three in the EFL Cup and one in the FA Cup, but Rose still racked up more games at left-back. Last season, Davies started 16 league games on the left-hand side of defence out of a possible 38 (42%) and often featured at centre-back and left-midfield in 2018/19.
Pochettino did give the Welsh international as many opportunities as possible – introducing Davies from the bench in both Champions League semi-final meetings with Ajax and playing him in Tottenham’s final nine league games of the season – so it wouldn’t be a shock for him to be first-choice in 2019/20.
The Mail on Sunday say the left-back will sign a new five-year deal at Tottenham, keeping himself in London until 2024. Davies has made 168 appearances in all competitions since joining from Swansea City in 2014, scoring and creating 20 goals. He’s been a terrific servant and is being rewarded for his loyalty, professionalism and performances.