Tottenham Hotspur were very light on the defensive front last season, and new boss Mauricio Pochettino is trying to bridge the gap by bringing Swansea City left back Ben Davies to White Hart Lane.
The hunt for a steady left back is a priority for most of the Premier League’s elite clubs this summer. Manchester United have wrapped up the deal for Southampton’s bright prospect Luke Shaw. Atletico Madrid left back Filipe Luis is tipped to join Champions League semifinalists Chelsea while Sevilla left back Alberto Moreno had attracted the interest of Liverpool. With the demand for a left back at an all time high in Premier League, their price has risen sharply, and the clubs are ready to open their pursue strings to get their top targets.
When it comes to Tottenham Hotspur, chairman Daniel Levy has his own way of dealing with the transfer market. Getting £8 million for Jake Livermore, a club record transfer fee paid by Hull City, shows the acute business acumen possessed by Daniel Levy. He is a tough negotiator with an eye for bargain deals and that is exactly what he is doing at a time when Tottenham are looking for a left back in the summer transfer window.
Mauricio Pochettino, has identified a left back, central defender and a striker as his priority signings this summer. Technical co-ordinator Franco Baldini is scouting all around the world to shortlist the right players for the Tottenham job. To acquire a good player for the position, Tottenham have to complete with Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, the clubs who pay heavy transfer fees and wages to get players on board. The business acumen of Daniel Levy was much needed to bring sense into Tottenham’s pursuit.
As expected, Tottenham Hotspur has zeroed in on their jewel; it is Swansea City’s young left back Ben Davies. The Welshman, at the age of 21, is a Premier League regular and is expected to become Mauricio Pochettino’s first signing for Tottenham. Since making his debut as a 19-year-old for Swansea City in 2012, Ben Davies has established himself as the first choice left back at the Liberty stadium and has played more than 70 games for the Swans.
The 10 times capped Wales International is expected to cost £8 million for Tottenham; the same amount Tottenham received for Jake Livermore. The fact that Ben Davies has more Premier League experience than Luke Shaw, Alberto Moreno and Filippe Luis underlines the transfer as Daniel Levy’s trademark bargain deal. Swansea City in anticipation of Ben Davies departure has already roped in Falkirk left back Stephen Kingsley.
Ben Davies is a league cup winner with Swansea City and was a regular presence on their left side of defence last season. His potential arrival at White Hart Lane poses question marks over the future of Danny Rose, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Ezekiel Fryers. If Tottenham can wrap up the deal for Ben Davies quickly, Mauricio Pochettino can rely on a settled back four in Tottenham’s top 4 challenged next season.