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Swansea City's Ben Davies ready to make left-back role his own

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: October 09, 2012

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BEN Davies insists he is ready to continue at left-back for the rest of the season.

The 19-year-old defender made his sixth Premier League appearance against Reading on Saturday having been thrust into first-team action after Neil Taylor suffered a serious ankle injury.

Michael Laudrup scoured the free agent market in a search for reinforcements when it was revealed Taylor could miss the rest of the campaign.

Former FC Twente full-back Dwight Tiendalli was signed on a one-year contract, but so far Davies has kept his place in the back four and the Neath product is happy to stay there for as long as Laudrup wants.

"If needs be I'll play all season, but it all comes down to Michael Laudrup and what he wants to do," said Davies.

"Some people think, as a young player, it's impossible to play every week because I might get worn out.

Faith

"At the moment I'm happy to play every week and do the best I can.

"The manager's shown a bit of faith in me and that's only down to how I've been playing.

"Hopefully if I can keep on playing well, I'll have more of a chance to play games."

Davies was handed his top flight debut when he came on in the dying minutes of Swansea's 3-0 win against West Ham six weeks ago.

He then made the first of two Capital One Cup appearances when Barnsley visited the Liberty before his big break arrived.

When Taylor fractured and dislocated his ankle against Sunderland, Davies was plunged into the heat of Premier League battle.

"I think I'm settling down now," he said.

"Things happened very quickly at the start, but I think I've held my own in this league so far.

"I got the chance to play a game and Michael Laudrup must have thought I did well to keep playing me.

"Hopefully I can keep progressing, keep performing and improve.

"It's totally different to playing under-21 or reserve football, but I can only do my best and hopefully stand up to the opposition we play against.

"Everything's a lot quicker, the players are a lot more switched on and there's no time to rest in the game.

"As a young player all I've got to do is work hard and do my best."

Having come through the Swansea youth ranks, Davies only signed his first professional contract 15 months ago.

After impressing last season, Laudrup offered the former Cwrt Herbert Colts player a new two-year deal in the summer.

Davies's breakthrough at Swansea also saw him added to the Wales squad for opening Group A matches with Belgium and Serbia.

He has again been included by Chris Coleman ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Scotland and Croatia and is now eyeing a first senior cap.

"It would be a dream come true to get a full cap for Wales, but all I can do is keep working hard for Swansea and the benefits should come from that," he added.

"I haven't spoken to Chris Coleman, but when I meet up with the squad hopefully I'll have a chat with him to see what his plans are.

"Things are totally different to what I was used to last year, but it's great and I can't complain.

"I've got to keep enjoying what's happening because I don't know when I might get a chance like this again.

"I never thought things would happen like this, but it's probably the best way because I've got to take it in my stride."

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  • brochadav  |  October 09 2012, 10:13PM

    Davies has done a great job in unfortunate circumstances, he's proving to be a great find. It's hard to be critical after such a great comeback but I have to agree, not taking the many very good chances is our biggest problem. Opposition keepers always seem to be outstanding against us!! It's not a relegation battle yet, no more than it was from the beginning anyway. Our number one aim (just like last season) has always been staying up. Anyone who thought any different is not on the right planet!!

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  • daiswan  |  October 09 2012, 7:59PM

    What's the matter with you guys!? Did you see the Reading game - we totally outplayed them, the statistics dont lie! And were desperately unlucky. Flores was briliant - the back four were. We could have had 6 or 8 goals including penalty claims. Our real problem is up front. Hate to post negative comments about honest, hardworking players but take a long hard look at our front line and we are not delivering despite great chances we're creating. Unlucky Dyer was injured so early in the game but why did it take 60 mins to sub him? Crazy! My concern is up front. So come on you doubters - we're doing ok and will get better! Who are we!

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  • valleyswan  |  October 09 2012, 4:52PM

    I cannot comment re Tiendalli for I have never seen him play, but I agree with trncjack about big central defender. What a loss Steven Caulker id proving to be.

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  • trncjack  |  October 09 2012, 3:58PM

    Rapidly becoming a relegation battle,my rrrs, If tienalli is so good why was he released by his last club and no one came running for him. not even cardiff city wanted him, If any thing we should be looking for a big centre half , we are ok in every other position to keep us in this league,

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  • swaanseaSA2  |  October 09 2012, 1:51PM

    I don't understand why Dwight Tiendalli isn't being picked as first choice left back. Tiendalli has played 35 times for Feyenoord - surely that's the sort of experience we need at this time to fight what is rapidly becoming a relegation battle.

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