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Michael Laudrup reckons Swansea City star Ben Davies could move position

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 12, 2013

versatile  Swansea City left-back Ben Davies.

versatile Swansea City left-back Ben Davies.

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MICHAEL Laudrup reckons left-back sensation Ben Davies could be a future star in central defence.

Davies has enjoyed a spectacular breakthrough season at Swansea City having been thrust into the first team after Neil Taylor shattered his ankle back in September.

With Taylor now closing in on a comeback, questions are being raised about how Laudrup will keep his two Welsh international full-backs happy.

And the Swansea manager has suggested that moving Davies into a central role could be one solution.

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"In the future, my personal opinion is that Ben can be a good left-footed centre-back," Laudrup said.

"Maybe in some people's minds over here he lacks a little bit of height for that position, but I think in time he can play there.

"He is getting stronger in the air and physically he is getting stronger as well.

"And left-footed centre-backs are hard to find. Look how many sides play with two right-footed centre-backs — we are one of them."

Taylor played 90 minutes for Swansea's development squad earlier this week, the first game he has completed since suffering that awful injury against Sunderland.

He has now made three appearances for the under-21s and is hopeful of seeing some first-team action before the season is out.

With Taylor and Davies available, Laudrup will be spoilt for choice on the left flank of his defence.

"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," Laudrup added.

"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 almost all of the season and next season I want two players for each position, so I see Ben and Neil now as two left-backs."

Gareth Vincent

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  • Bredsdorff  |  April 14 2013, 3:00PM

    Yes, this is good thinking. Ben is young and openminded. He has developed a lot defensively this season. And though part of his strenght is in the attacking game, he is also good with the ball, knows how to get rid of it without throwing it away. He seems to make good decisions, and that is crucial when playing center back, i my opinion.

  • morton1947  |  April 12 2013, 11:42AM

    Let's not underestimate the level of performance that Ben has given us this season especially when he was dropped in at the deep end with the injury to Neil Taylor. The lad is immensely talented and I agree should have won young player of the year. I am sure that he will go on to bigger and beeter things (hopefully with the Swans) in the years to come. What a great FREE acquistion he has been by coming through the ranks to Premiership football and I am sure Laudrup is not wrong when he states that Ben would make a good Centre Back at some future stage should he be asked to play there.

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  • Spideyjonesy  |  April 12 2013, 10:36AM

    Just as a I predicted several months ago, also surely ben should win the young player of the year in the football awards or do you have to play for a "big club" to get an awards?

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