Tottenham Hotspur could also be with out Ben Davies for the north London derby on Saturday afternoon…
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Based on The Solar journalist Tom Barclay, there isn’t any assure that the 29-year-old shall be match sufficient to function in opposition to arch-rivals Arsenal after he picked up an damage earlier than the win over Leicester Metropolis.
He subsequently withdrew from his worldwide duties as Wales confronted Belgium and Poland with out him.
“The suggestion was that he was at all times going to overlook the 2 Wales video games however has an excellent likelihood of coming again for Arsenal,” the reporter defined to GIVEMESPORT.
Is Davies an enormous miss for Spurs?
“Rob Web page spoke about his damage and mentioned it’s not critical, however I nonetheless assume with the Arsenal recreation being so shut there’s no assure he’ll be match for the sport, however fingers crossed as a result of there’s a good likelihood.”
It’s thought that the Welshman has been affected by a hairline fracture to the bone beneath his knee, so it could possibly be an enormous threat to throw him straight again in after the worldwide break, with soccer.london additionally suggesting that there are query marks over his availability heading into kick-off.
Blow for Conte
Given Davies’ huge expertise and flexibility, his absence can be a gutting blow for supervisor Antonio Conte, who’s seeking to get one other one up on the membership’s rivals.
The Welshman has additionally performed 14 occasions in opposition to the Gunners and been on the successful facet in 50% of these outings, during which he has additionally offered two purpose contributions.
As soon as hailed as “magnificent” by Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer, the previous Swansea Metropolis defender has gone on to function 278 occasions for the Lilywhites, with 42 of these matches coming beneath the Italian, who has trusted him to be his first-choice left-sided centre-back.
“He’s a dependable participant,” Conte advised the membership’s official web site again in April, earlier than including: “Ben is taking part in in an vital means with us, as a central defender and he’s displaying that he’s a very good participant.”
Certainly, a left-back by commerce, the £60k-per-week star has turn out to be an ever-present member of Spurs’ central defensive three, very a lot as he has carried out for Wales too.
And when in comparison with different centre-backs throughout Europe, you may see why the ex-Chelsea boss trusts him a lot.
As per FBref, Davies ranks inside the highest 5% for progressive carries (5.82 per 90) and the highest 10% for progressive passes (4.21 per 90), not solely highlighting his ball-playing capacity but in addition incomes a statistical likeness to gamers equivalent to Niklas Sule of Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona’s Jules Kounde.
Due to this fact, it’s clear that Davies – if absent this weekend – can be an enormous miss to each Conte and the squad, given his apparent match for the supervisor’s system, reliability and expertise forward of a recreation of this calibre.
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