Ange Postecoglou has given his vote of confidence to Ben Davies, stating that the Welshman has all the attributes that he looks for in a full-back.

Davies primarily played as a left centre-back in a back three under Antonio Conte but with Postecoglou looking set to revert to a back four, there was a question mark on where the defender would play.

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Surprisingly, the 30-year-old featured as a centre-back in Tottenham’s first two pre-season friendlies against West Ham United and Lion City Sailors, with Sergio Reguilon and Destiny Udogie playing as the left-back in either half.

Davies was also named at left centre-back alongside Cristian Romero for the clash against Leicester on Sunday but the game was eventually called off due to water logging on the pitch at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok.

Davies has important role to play at Tottenham

Postecoglou’s selection decision did raise some eyebrows as the former Swansea man is not used to operating as a centre-back in a back four but the Tottenham head coach has confirmed that he sees the experienced defender as an ideal fit for the left-back role.

When asked if Davies would play as a full-back or a centre-back next season, the Australian told Football.London: “Again don’t read too much into where he’s playing. I think Ben has all the attributes I look for in a full-back, particularly the way we play.

“At the moment he’s doing a very good job at centre-back, and apart from Japh pretty much all the other centre-backs came in late. So we’re juggling a few things there and looking to bring in at least one.

“So from that perspective, I’m just trying to get game time into him now, but my inclination is that he will be a very very good left-back for us.”

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Davies is perfectly suited to the inverted left-back role as he is good at counter-pressing, decent on the ball, has a good passing range, and is tactically quite astute.

I expect the Welshman to be the first choice at left-back ahead of Destiny Udogie when the campaign gets underway.

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