Liverpool have signed Ben Davies – not that one – from Preston North Finish as they search to finish their centre-back troubles this season.
One way or the other, the Reds are nonetheless difficult for the title regardless of dropping Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to long-term accidents, whereas backup Joel Matip has additionally had his points.
Even fill-in star Fabinho, usually a defensive midfielder, has taken a number of knocks and missed matches, resulting in Jordan Henderson getting used within the function, and performing admirably.
Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips have additionally had a go too, however now, with the title nonetheless inside their grasp they’ve opted to make a transfer for a defender within the switch market, which ought to assist strengthen their midfield in addition to their backline.
He may even be one of the best Ben Davies within the Premier League too with Tottenham’s Welsh left-back trying misplaced towards Brighton.
However simply who’s the Anfield-bound ace? talkSPORT.com have a look…
Ben Davies – 2020/21
Championship appearances – 19
Begins – 19
Tackles per sport – 1.2
Interceptions per sport – 1.4
Clearances per sport – 4.3
Aerials received per sport – 3.1
Go success – 79 per cent
What’s the deal?
With the deadline quick approaching and lots of defenders reportedly thought of, together with Schalke man Ozan Kabak, Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi, ex-Gunners ace Sokratis, and Marseille star Duje Caleta-Automobile, Davies was chosen as the person to maneuver to Anfield and assist them retain their title.
He’s becoming a member of in a £1.6million deal, with Sepp van den Berg going the opposite manner in a mortgage transfer till the top of the season with the opportunity of extending it subsequent season.
Davies was all set to affix Celtic on the finish of his present deal, which runs out in the summertime, however Liverpool nipped in forward of them, and Bournemouth, who have been keen to pay extra, to conclude switch.
Membership profession up to now?
After making his debut for Preston as a 17-year-old again in, contemporary from their very own academy, he went out on mortgage in 4 seasons with 5 completely different golf equipment as he regarded to progress.
The 2017/18 marketing campaign noticed him break into the first-team and he’s been an everyday ever since at Deepdale.
Based on The Athletic, his performances with Preston have had him on Liverpool’s radar ever since that marketing campaign, whereas Man City took a liking to him after he featured towards them within the Carabao Cup final time period.
He’s been versatile all through his profession too and is ready to play as a centre-back, on the left of a back-three, and as both a left-back or a left wing-back.
What’s being stated about him?
Peter Risdale, now advisor to the proprietor at Preston joined talkSPORT to present his view on Davies.
“He’s an impressive younger man, he’s all the way down to earth, very skilled. At our stage he’s regarded like a Rolls Royce,” he informed White and Jordan.
“When he was within the academy I used to go and watch him play and he stood out and was by far one of the best participant there. He then went out on mortgage to York and Newport County, Fleetwood, and so he had received a number of video games below his belt at grownup soccer earlier than he was taking part in for us.
“He deserves this possibilities, he’s an excellent participant.”
Ex-Liverpoool and Preston ahead Neil Mellor additionally praised Davies in an interview with The Athletic:“He’s left-footed, so he provides good stability. He’s excellent at sensing hazard and coping with it. I see too many defenders as of late who aren’t conscious and don’t sense hazard rapidly sufficient.
“He’s not received blistering tempo however he’s fast sufficient. He’s calm and composed on the ball. Liverpool normally dominate possession and he’s very snug bringing it out. He’s good within the air and never afraid of getting harm.
“I’ve been shocked a prime membership didn’t take an opportunity on him prior to now. He’s been very loyal to Preston. He deserves this chance.
“For lower than £2 million, he’s an absolute steal. Liverpool would be capable to promote him for 5 instances that quantity. He’s a £10 million defender.
“I’m assured that he can grasp this wonderful alternative. My solely concern is whether or not he actually believes he belongs within the Premier League. He’s a quiet, shy lad. I do know he’s ok however I don’t know if he believes himself simply what participant he’s.”