Mauricio Pochettino is hoping to make Swansea City’s Ben Davies his first choice left back at White Hart Lane.
New Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has identified the left back position as one that needs strengthening, with the Argentinian targeting Swansea City youngster Ben Davies according to the Mirror.
Davies emerged as a star at the Liberty Stadium after an injury to Neil Taylor, with the young Welshman flourishing as one of the most impressive young defenders in the Premier League.
Despite having young English left back Danny Rose on the books, Pochettino seems to have identified the position as one that needs strengthening, with Cameroon international Benoit Assou-Ekotto likely to leave the club on a permanent basis after a loan spell at Queens Park Rangers.
Rose is the only other natural left back on the books at White Hart Lane, a situation that often lead to either Jan Vertonghen or Kyle Naughton being used out of position last season when Rose was unavailable.
The mooted £8 million raid for Davies, then, would represent an intelligent move from Pochettinho and allowed him to bring in the sort of player that he worked with and improved immeasurably whilst at Southampton – with £30 million man Luke Shaw being the obvious blueprint for a player in that position.
Swansea are reportedly keen to keep Davies at the Liberty Stadium, but with Taylor still on the books, manager Garry Monk may conclude that such a significant sum could be put to more efficient use elsewhere in the squad.