‘Have I made a mistake?’ – 30-year-old admits he had doubts about Spurs move

Ben Davies has admitted that he wondered if he had a made mistake by moving to Tottenham after initially struggling for game time at the club.

Davies is now associated almost exclusively with Tottenham and that will always be the case for the defender even after he retires as he has now been at the club for nearly a decade and has clocked up 329 appearances for the Lilywhites.

The Welshman has seen a number of highs and lows during his time at White Hart Lane and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, having worked under Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo, Antonio Conte and now Ange Postecoglou.

Davies has been asked to play a number of different positions, particularly over the last few years, and almost never lets the team down, delivering reliable and solid performances whenever called upon.

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Ben Davies had initial doubts about Spurs move

However, it was not all smooth sailing for the Wales international when he first made the switch from Swansea City as a 21-year-old, with game time being hard to come by at the time since Danny Rose was one of the best in his position in the Premier League.

Speaking about his early days at Tottenham, Davies told ESPN: “It was intense. The first few times I went in and I didn’t start the first few games, I’d just moved from Swansea where I was playing every game so I was a bit like, oh have I made a mistake? Should I have made this jump?

“Swansea then started playing unbelievable football, kicked on and I was thinking if I had stayed another year then maybe I could have done this, but we had to be patient, I was working with (Mauricio) Pochettino who was a young, exciting, up and coming manager, and I think during that first season most of that team was changing.

“We started to bring some younger guys in. It wasn’t straightforward for me because I didn’t play as much as I wanted to, but I still managed to play 28 or 29 games which isn’t too bad at 21 at Tottenham Hotspur, and I haven’t really looked back. It’s been home for the last ten years now.”

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Every single squad needs a player like Davies, who always delivers solid displays when called upon and is an unselfish, team-man, who does not sulk when he doesn’t play. The 30-year-old is one of my favourite Tottenham players of all time and he remains underappreciated by some sections of the fan base.

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