Davies tipped for central role

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup believes Ben Davies has the attributes to become a top Premier League centre-half.

Last Updated: 12/04/13 at 08:40 Post Comment

Ben Davies: Swansea youngster can play a central role says Michael Laudrup

Ben Davies: Swansea youngster can play a central role says Michael Laudrup

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Davies, 19, has excelled for the Swans since being thrust into the first team at left-back when Neil Taylor suffered a broken ankle back in September.

However he previously featured in the centre of defence for age-grade sides with Swansea and Wales, and Laudrup believes that is where his long-term future lies.

The Dane said: "In the future, and this is my personal opinion, I don't see Ben as being someone like Gareth Bale (who went from playing left-back to left wing).

"But if you see him now he is much stronger - although maybe in some minds over here he lacks some height - and I think in time he can be a good left-footed centre-back.

"He is getting stronger in the air, physically as well, and left-footed centre-backs are difficult to find, look how many sides play with two right-footed centre-backs."

Taylor is getting ever closer to his first-team return from his horrific ankle injury, and Laudrup plans to give him an appearance before the end of the season.

But for next season he will consider Taylor and Davies as his two left-back options, despite their ability to play other positions.

Taylor, in particular, impressed at right-back when playing for Team GB at last summer's Olympics.

He said: "I see them as two left-backs. For a great part of the season we have spoken about the lack of alternatives in certain positions but never at left-back, even though we only had one all season.

"We brought in Dwight Tiendalli after Neil got injured, but he is right-footed and is better at right-back.

"We have only had one left-footed left-back for the whole season so next season I want two for each position and I see them as two left-backs."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Iker Casillas confident he can hold off David De Gea at Real Madrid

Iker Casillas intends to stay at Real Madrid and is confident he can hold off the challenge of David De Gea at the Bernabeu.

Officials arrested in Switzerland ahead of FIFA meeting

Seven serving FIFA officials have been arrested in Switzerland on corruption charges, Swiss authorities have confirmed.

Danny Ings subject of £12m Tottenham bid - Sky sources

Tottenham are ready to bid £12m for Burnley striker Danny Ings, according to Sky sources.

Mail Box

Vidic Is Part Of United's 'Budget XI'

We have post-2000 budget XIs on behalf of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs. Plus gaelic football, FIFA, more awards and the majesty of Il Fenomeno...

Europa League: Hardly The AIA Cup

A Spurs fan definitely isn't bothered his side aren't in the Europa League final tonight. Also, a warning about Michael Laudrup, and how to build a team with less than £20m.

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company