Paul Robinson claims Conte is playing 29-year-old out of position at Spurs

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Paul Robinson has said that despite Ben Davies’ improved performances over recent months, the Welshman is not suited to playing at left centre-back.

Davies has made the left-sided centre-back role in Antonio Conte’s back three his own since the Italian took over from Nuno Espirito Santo back in November.

The former Swansea man was certainly not a stranger to the role, having played in the position for Wales many a time over the last few years.

The 29-year-old has said he believes playing on the left side of a back three is his best position and admitted that he has been enjoying working with Conte (Sky Sports).

The Athletic reported last month that signing a left-sided centre-back to compete with Davies is Tottenham’s number one priority when the transfer window opens in the summer.

Robinson is not surprised that Conte wants to strengthen in that position, insisting that he sees Davies as being better suited to playing as a left-back.

The former Spurs number one told Football Insider: “Davies is playing well but he’s not a centre-half for me. Conte is playing with three at the back and that is giving him an opportunity.

“Davies is more of a left-back for me. I wouldn’t play him as a centre-half. He has been brilliant of late. He has had some really good games.

“But I don’t think he has a long-term as a centre-half at Spurs. I think Conte will look to strengthen in that position come the summer.”

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I disagree completely with Robinson’s take on Davies as I have always felt that he was a better fit for the left centre-back role than left-back. The Welshman cannot take players on and make a yard for himself, which is crucial these days for full-backs or wing-backs.

On the other hand, he is a very reliable defender, decent in the air and always makes the right decisions in possession of the ball – which is why he has thrived at left centre-back.

I actually do not think it would be as easy to upgrade on Davies this summer as some Spurs fans seem to assume. The likes of Pau Torres might not find it easy to get adjusted to the intensity and physicality of the Premier League.

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