£8m Davies bid - Rose v Davies comparison

Tottenham Hotspur have targeted Ben Davies as their choice of candidates for the left-back slot Levy, Baldini and Pochettino identified as a priority.

£8m Davies bid - Rose v Davies comparison

Tell any Spurs fan they need a new left-back and you'll hardly hear a murmur of disagreement. Danny Rose is learning, has attacking qualities, has pace, but lacks defensively, as so many full-backs do these days.

Leighton Baines is a prime example, brilliant going forward in Everton's system but weak when having to defend and gets torn apart by a decent winger at international level. Tottenham have been searching for a youngster that has a bit of both, offers going forward but can defend as well.

The left-back settled upon is Swansea City's 21 year-old Ben Davies. The club have contacted Swansea and offered £8 million for the Welsh international who has 71 games for Swansea under his belt.

How do his stats for last season compare with Danny Rose?

Ben Davies - Premier League
Appearances: 34
Goals: 2 (9 shots)
Chances created: 31
Passing accuracy: 84% (1,393 successful from 1,653 attempts)
Accurate Long Passes:  52 out of 117
Key Passes: 31
Average pass length: 17m
Dribbles: 15 
Fouled: 25
Fouls: 23
Dispossessed: 18
Total Crosses: 104
Accurate Crosses: 20
Duels won: 43%
Aerial Duels won: 1.6 per game (56 from 138)
Interceptions: 63
Tackles: 76
Average defensive actions: 6
Defensive errors: 1
Yellow cards: 3
Red cards: 0

Danny Rose - Premier League
Appearances: 22
Goals: 1 (15 shots)
Chances created: 16
Passing accuracy: 79% (717 successful from 809 attempts)
Accurate Long Passes: 48 out of 98
Key Passes: 16
Average pass length: 20m
Dribbles: 23
Fouled: 43
Fouls: 30
Dispossessed: 26
Total Crosses: 86
Accurate Crosses: 15
Duels won: 56%
Aerial Duels won: 1.3 per game (28 from 51)
Interceptions: 44
Tackles: 57
Average defensive actions: 6
Defensive errors: 3
Yellow cards: 4
Red cards: 1 

He creates more chances, has a far better passing accuracy, plays shorter passes, makes less errors, is better in the air, fouls his opponent less often.

That would all suggest he doesn't make so many rash decisions, which would indicate he possibly has better concentration levels.

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Davies was a player Tottenham watched extensively last season and was a player Daniel Levy and Franco Baldini suggested to Mauricio Pochettino during their meeting shortly after he was appointed Head Coach. As an added advantage he has Premier League experience and is homegrown qualified which would allow us to let one of our other homegrown qualified players go.

It seems the Argentinian has now done his homework and agreed we should try and sign him before Manchester City or Atlético Madrid firm up their interest.

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