Dribbled past 5 times: £60k-p/w Spurs dud rated the worst on the pitch was truly awful – opinion

Spurs fell to a 3-0 defeat against Manchester City on Saturday evening, with Jose Mourinho’s side completely outplayed by the league leaders.

Rodri’s penalty, as well as a brace from Ilkay Gundogan, earned Pep Guardiola’s side all three points, as they made it 16 wins in a row in all competitions, whilst Spurs continued their disappointing recent form.

Hugo Lloris certainly could have done better with the penalty, and Gundogan’s first goal, but it was arguably Ben Davies who was Spurs’ worst player on the pitch at the Etihad.

As per SofaScore, Davies would earn a shocking 5.7 match rating for his display, which was comfortably the worst of any player on the pitch.

The £60,000-a-week Welsh international would have just 51 touches of the ball during the 90 minutes, whereas his direct opponent Oleksandr Zinchenko would have 128, which emphasises how little of the ball Spurs would have at the Etihad, whilst also demonstrating Davies’ limitations as an attacking full-back.

Whilst it was never really expected that Davies would offer much creatively against the Citizens, on the few occasions he did have the ball he was wasteful with it, as none of his seven long balls were accurate, whilst he registered a 79% pass accuracy, which was the worst of any Spurs defender.

Perhaps most disappointingly, the former Swansea man was dribbled past on five occasions. On average this season he has been dribbled past 0.8 times per game, which emphasises how poor he was against Manchester City, whilst also demonstrating just how good Raheem Sterling was, as he completed four out of five dribbles and earned an impressive 7.7 match rating, and he regularly beat the defender when alternating wings with Phil Foden.

The 27-year-old summed up his dreadful display by getting himself booked late on by halting a City counter-attack with a tackle that was more suited to a rugby game.

Davies was also disappointing when it came to winning duels, as he would win just three out of nine of his ground duels during the game, resulting in a less than impressive 33% success rate. Zinchenko, meanwhile, would win eight out of 14.

Therefore, it is fair to suggest that Davies performance against City highlights that he can no longer cut it in this Spurs side, as whilst his attacking play has always been limited, his poor defending and lack of pace was constantly exploited by the City wingers.

And, in other news… Spurs may already have their Sergio Reguilon replacement

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