Most of the Tottenham Hotspur transfer news has rightfully centered on player acquisition — Spurs made their first two signings in 517 days last week and they are linked with a number of other moves including player acquisitions and departures. What we haven’t heard a lot about are any player contract extensions (apart from, y’know, the obvious Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld situations).
We have one now. The Telegraph is reporting that left back Ben Davies is in advanced negotiations for a new contract at Spurs, one that will keep him a Tottenham player for the next five years. Davies is expected to sign the new contract before the end of July when he returns for preseason training.
It’s an interesting decision. Danny Rose was favored as first choice LB towards the end of the season, but he’s getting up there in years and there have been murmurs that the club would be open to offers for him before the start of the new season. If Rose were to leave, it would conceivably open up a roster spot for a player like Ryan Sessegnon, who could be Davies’ understudy before becoming the long-term first choice in a couple of years.
Mauricio Pochettino loves Davies and his attitude. He’s not the flashiest of LBs but he’s solid and serviceable. A new contract, especially a five-year contract that would include a hefty pay-bump, would represent a huge statement of support and belief in Davies from Pochettino.
It’s not final and sounds like it won’t be for a while, but it’s certainly an interesting development.