Spurs defender’s determined to keep any frustrations to himself and be patient
12:03 28 October 2014
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Ben Davies admits he has been frustrated as he continues to wait for his first Premier League start at Tottenham, but he is determined to be patient, keep any irritations to himself and avoid causing any problems in the squad.
Davies has only made one brief appearance for Spurs in the top flight since his £10million move from Swansea, replacing the injured Danny Rose in the 72nd minute during the 3-0 home defeat against Liverpool at the end of August.
Otherwise, the Welsh left-back-back has been turning out for the Lilywhites’ second string in the Europa League and Capital One Cup.
He concedes it is not the start he hoped for but the 21-year-old is adamant that the team’s success is more important than his own standing in the squad.
“It would be silly of me to say that it’s not sometimes hard and frustrating for me,” said Davies. “But you put those feelings aside for the benefit of the club, you can’t let them affect your football.
“As a player you have to be patient if you want to get an opportunity. I could be one of those players who sulks and moans around the place, and takes being left out poorly. My attitude is just to work hard every day and hopefully that will get me in the team.
“Sometimes you do have to keep things inside, and I make sure all those feelings are kept well away from the club and the rest of the squad. If you do have those feelings it is not healthy for the team to bring it out around them.
“There are different ways I could go about it. I could go and speak to the manager and try to get in his ear every day, but that’s not the way I am and not the way I’m going to go about it. I’m going to get my head down and work hard, and try to let my football do the talking.
“I’m a calm person, I don’t get too wound up. I’m patient and I work hard every day. Hopefully my opportunity will come.”
Any frustration Davies has felt about his lack of Premier League action will probably have been exacerbated by the fact that Spurs have been struggling in the top flight.
Nevertheless, the summer signing insists he has no regrets about his move to White Hart Lane, and he believes there is a bright future ahead for Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino.
“As a player you have to challenge yourself,” said Davies. “Like everything in life, you can get too comfortable in a situation and you need a new challenge. I still have time on my side and I am going to do as well as I can at this club.
“We’ve had a couple of disappointing results but we just have to bide our time a bit because the work we put in on the training pitch really does pay off.
“We’re all confident in our ability here and we want to aspire to be as high in the Premier League as we can in the coming seasons.
“With the new style of play we have now and the pressing game we’re trying to play, there’s no reason why we can’t be pushing in the next few seasons.”
Davies also has lofty aspirations with Wales, who top Group B as they attempt to qualify for the 2016 European Championship and reach a major tournament for the first time since the 1958 World Cup.
The defender is confident he will continue to be selected by national team boss Chris Coleman, despite currently being the second-choice left-back at Spurs.
“The manager there knows what type of player I am,” said Davies. “Every time I meet up with the squad I’ve got to show I’m still fit, fresh and as sharp as ever.
“It’s nice to go away with that Wales squad, especially with the feeling we have there now. We have a lot of confidence at the moment and we’re playing some good football.
“Any team that has Gareth Bale in it has a big opportunity to kick on and get to the Euros.”
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