Born: 24 April 1993 (Neath, Wales)
Ben Davies has established himself as a dependable figure in our squad since arriving from Swansea City in July, 2014.
The 2021/22 season was one to remember for the Wales international. His 43 appearances in all competitions represented his best campaign yet, starting 34 of 36 matches after Antonio Conte’s arrival in November, 2021, including 26 of 27 Premier League games. Playing on the left side of Antonio's central defensive three, he started our last 27 matches as we secured fourth place and a return to the UEFA Champions League next season.
Ben then played a huge role as Wales qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 via a play-off victory against Ukraine in June, 2022 - he would later play a significant part for his nation at the tournament finals in Qatar.
That all pointed to the reward of a new contract, announced in July, 2022, keeping him at the Club until 2025.
Born in Neath, Ben earned his first professional contract with Swansea in 2011 and excelled in their first team, winning their Young Player of the Year accolade in 2013 and 2014. He made a total of 91 appearances for the Swans, including a start in their League Cup Final win against Bradford City in 2013.
Upon joining Spurs, he encountered tremendous competition for places and in his debut season in north London, 2014/15, Ben played 29 times in all competitions for us, including nine starts in the Europa League - more than any other player. Unfortunately, he dislocated his shoulder against Southampton in April, 2015, ending his campaign early.
He subsequently made 27 appearances in all competitions during the 2015/16 campaign.
He began to enjoy a sustained run in the side during the second half of the 2016/17 season and it was then that he scored his first two goals for the club - one against Aston Villa in the FA Cup in January, 2017, and another on the last day of that season as we thrashed Hull City 7-1 in the Premier League. He'd previously made his Champions League debut against AS Monaco in September, 2016, and ended 2016/17 having played 34 times in all competitions.
Always defensively solid, Ben has added an attacking verve to his game during his time at the Club and contributed numerous assists from his flank during an excellent 2017/18 campaign in which he featured 38 times in all competitions, scoring in away wins against Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town.
The defender featured in 27 of our 38 Premier League matches in 2018/19 - his fifth season as a Spur - with seven of those appearances coming from the bench. In all, he played 39 times over the course of that campaign, including nine appearances - six starts - in our run to the Champions League Final, while he also filled in as the left-sided centre-half on a couple of occasions, a role he's familiar with from his time in the Welsh national team.
The 2019/20 campaign proved frustrating for Ben. Initially undergoing groin surgery in the summer, he returned in September and looked like he was going to play a huge part in Jose Mourinho's plans when he started Jose's first game, a 3-2 win at West Ham in November, 2019. However, he suffered a knee injury in that win, and that ruled him out until February, 2020. On football's return from lockdown, he played all nine of our remaining games of 2019/20, finishing the campaign with 22 appearances in all competitions.
Ben played 22 times for us in all competitions in 2020/21. He started the first five games before the arrival of Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid, further competition for the left-back slot. Ben captained the team on six occasions throughout the campaign and in February, 2021, became only the seventh player to reach 50 European appearances for the Club. Earlier, in December, he scored his fifth goal in our colours, a cracker in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals at Stoke. At the end of 2020/21, Ben had made 228 appearances for us in all competitions. He was then part of the Welsh squad that progressed through their group in the delayed Euro 2020 before bowing out against Denmark in the round of 16.
A regular on the international scene for Wales, often operating on the left side of a back three, he helped his country qualify for their first major tournament finals since the 1958 FIFA World Cup by claiming a place at Euro 2016 in France and was instrumental in Wales' run to the semi-finals of the tournament, playing every minute of every game up until the last four clash with Portugal, which he missed through suspension. He's now featured at three major international tournaments after his aforementioned Euro 2020 and 2022 FIFA World Cup endeavours.