With all of the excitement surrounding Tottenham towards the end of the transfer window, there has been little mention of Danny Rose since his explosive interview in The Sun. This lack of discussion is odd considering that Rose is arguably the best left back England and Spurs have been without him since late January. When Rose comes back, Mauricio Pochettino is going to have to make a very tough decision; will Poch go with Rose, a player who has excelled and consistently improved under Poch? Or will Mauricio go with the Welshman Ben Davies, who has been nothing short of incredible this season. Let's break it down.
This season Ben Davies has went from a back up left-back to one of the most inform defenders in the Premier League. Obviously, a lot of his season so far has been written and spoken about due to his incredible Fantasy Premier League numbers, as he's put up 32 total points and got a massive price upgrade. Early into the season Ben Davies has one goal, one assist, a 83.9 passing percentage (average pass length: 19m), arguably should have two Man of The Matches, 12 chances created (most on the team), and an average match rating of 7.52. On the other hand, in 18 matches, Danny Rose had just two goals, two assists, a 77.3 passing percentage (average pass length: 20m) with 26 chances created. Obviously, it's tough to judge on these numbers with Rose playing more than four times more than Davies, but the Welshmen looks like he will beat these numbers before the end of January (if he doesn't get hurt).
Is Ben Davies perfect? No, Is he a sexier name than Danny Rose? Hell No, but to think a player who may or may not have caused drama in the dressing room should come back into the team instantly because of his name/past form is crazy. We must have Danny Rose fight for his place as right now, Davies would keep pretty much every Premier League left-back out of Tottenham's team with his play.
Either way, this is the type of problem that Poch loves to have. Since his first season at Tottenham, he has emphasized the need for competition throughout the lineup, especially with his defenders.