When Danny Rose injured his knee against Sunderland in January, many worried about how Ben Davies would cope as a wing-back in Tottenham’s 3-4-2-1 formation.
He struggled initially, but Davies has impressed against Everton and, more recently, Millwall in a more attacking role.
In an interview with the club’s official website, the Welshman was asked if he is happy with his new role.
Davies said: “Of course! It’s part and parcel of the position, trying to get forward and trying to help the team score goals. That’s what you want to be part of at the end of the day.
“I’ve always said that defending is first and foremost for me but it’s a nice little change. It’s a lot of running — that’s what me and Trips [Kieran Trippier] had to do on Sunday [against Millwall] and what we’ve had to do with Kyle Walker over the last couple of weeks but in the end it’s always lovely to get a win.”
When asked if fatigue is a factor as a wing-back, Davies said: “It’s hard work but it’s what you want to do as a footballer, to get as much of the ball as you can out there.
He added: “You do see it a lot and it’s hard work but it’s great and I certainly can’t complain. With every match that’s going by it’s another 90 minutes under my belt so it’s great, especially when we’re winning games like this.”
When he returns to fitness, Rose will probably slot back into the team immediately. But it’s reassuring to know Davies is becoming more comfortable in the wing-back role.