Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly turned down an £8m offer from Crystal Palace for versatile defender Ben Davies, and they’ll certainly need the Welshman in the coming weeks.
As per The Mirror, Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy have agreed not to sell Davies, as he will likely have a more prominent role in the team in the weeks ahead.
Spurs have lost Jan Vertonghen for two months with ankle ligament damage, and they saw Toby Alderweireld hobble off in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad on Saturday evening.
Davies, who can play at left-back or on the left side of a three-man defence, will therefore be asked to fill in and so the 23-year-old will remain at White Hart Lane and leave Sam Allardyce disappointed.
It remains to be seen how Tottenham cope with the loss of their influential Belgian pairing, although the Evening Standard report that Alderweireld’s setback isn’t considered serious and the club will hope that he can return as soon as possible.
Nevertheless, it’s likely to have some degree of an impact as Spurs currently boast the second-best defensive record in the Premier League, having been able to rely on their first-choice centre-half pairing to keep things tight at the back.
Pochettino will now have to shuffle his pack and ensure that they continue in the same vein, and Davies will be integral to that.
As for Palace, things aren’t going well for ‘Big Sam’ as of yet, and as he desperately searches for reinforcements in January, his side will remain in the bottom three for the time being and now sit two points adrift of safety.