Despite Heung-min Son scoring the all important goal for Tottenham against Manchester City on Tuesday night it was teammate Danny Rose’s performance which stole the spotlight – likely to the dismay of Ben Davies.
The English left back was somewhat harshly given a penalty against him for a handball in the box, the resulting spot kick saved by Hugo Lloris, and what Rose would have seen as an injustice only seemed to fire him up.
He marshalled the likes of Riyad Mahrez expertly throughout the game and caused all sorts of problems down the other end of the pitch.
As the other left back at Spurs, Davies will have no doubt had mixed feelings about his counterparts dazzling display and with Rose proving why he should be the number one choice on the left side of defence, the Welsh international needs to consider his future carefully.
What are Davies’ options?
If Rose continues to play the way he did on Tuesday, there is no doubt that Mauricio Pochettino’s will want to pick him ahead of the Welshman, with the 28-year-old a more well-rounded talent out wide.
If Davies sees his long-term future at left back, then he either sits on the bench and waits for Rose to leave Tottenham, hope his rival picks up an injury or be satisfied with playing a back up role – the latter highly unlikely for someone of his talents.
The only other option to remain as a left back for both club and country is to look for a move away. After all, a footballer’s career is not endless and if Davies is not happy waiting around, then he should not be wasting the prime of his career on the bench.
Alternatively, the Welsh international could forge a future as a left sided centre back, giving Pochettino an option to play three at the back and use Rose as a more advanced wing back – although this still does not offer guaranteed playing time.
What about Rose?
Finally back from his injury nightmare, the England international looked back to his best against Manchester City and if he can stay fit and firing then he is going to be crucial to Tottenham over the next couple of years.
He might have been tipped with a move away in recent years but if Pochettino makes him a mainstay of a competitive side in England, then why would he want to leave?