Manchester United have completed the £27 million signing of Chelsea target Luke Shaw, but there’s an obtainable Premier League left-back who might prove to be just as good as the England international next season - but would cost a fraction of the price. Tottenham are set to make an £8 million bid for Ben Davies, but Jose Mourinho shouldn’t let the Welsh defender move to White Hart Lane without a fight.
Davies only turned 21 in April but already has 10 international caps to his name, not to mention 71 Premier League appearances. The youngster stepped in when his teammate Neil Taylor suffered a serious injury in September 2012 and hasn’t looked back since.
Chelsea need a left-back
Chelsea were reluctant to meet Southampton’s asking price for Shaw - perhaps understandably so - but the Blues still need to acquire the services of a new left-back with Ashley Cole having departed the club.
Cesar Azpilicueta spent most of last season playing in that position, and did an excellent job, but will Mourinho consider playing the Spain international is his favoured right-back spot next season? It’s a possibility - particularly if Branislav Ivanovic leaves Stamford Bridge for Arsenal to replace Bacary Sagna.
If that’s the case, Mourinho must sign a new left-back, and there weren’t too many better in the Premier League last season than Davies.
Davies: Why the lack of hype?
For reasons unknown, Davies has barely received any plaudits for his hugely impressive performances over the past two seasons. Perhaps if he was English - like Shaw - the hype-generator would have gone into overdrive.
But a lack of hype also means a lack of pressure and expectation, which has arguably helped Davies to develop as a footballer over the past 24 months. Swansea City fans, however, know they have a real gem on their hands - as does their manager Garry Monk, who may be powerless to prevent the full-back’s departure if the club receives an irresistible offer.
Is Davies good enough for Chelsea?
Of course, playing for Swansea is completely different from turning out every week for Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in European football where the pressure to win matches is intense.
Had Chelsea kept Cole for another season, Davies could have come to the club and had a year to settle before succeeding the veteran left-back - much like the situation at Old Trafford with Shaw and Patrice Evra.
However, Davies has never looked overawed against any opposing side while playing for the Swans, so what’s to say that he’ll suddenly looked out of his depth at Chelsea?
All the signs so far indicate that he’ll become a top-class left-back - but does Mourinho see it the same way?
Chelsea fans: is Davies good enough to wear the famous blue shirt? Here’s a video to help you decide…