Liverpool have signed Preston’s Ben Davies to help resolve their defensive injury crisis.
It’s often hard to notice when you’re playing for a club that is competing for auto promotion outside of the top end of the championship, but most observers feel that Davies will sooner or later be a Premier League player at one or the other Club would have been later. That’s not to say that anyone predicted that Liverpool would be the club to stand up for!
While it is easier for fans of big clubs to get excited about some more exciting names from abroad, keep in mind that some very good Premier League center-backs have worked their way up from the EFL. James Tarkowski, Harry Maguire, Ezri Konsa and Rob Holding are just a few names that come to mind in order to firmly establish yourself in the top group. 25-year-old Ben Davies could easily find his way around this list in the months and years to come.
Although the change was surprising, the Liverpool fans implicitly trust sports directors Michael Edwards, Jürgen Klopp and Co when it comes to incoming and outgoing goings in recent seasons. So you should trust that even a less glamorous arrival will prove to be worthwhile.
He certainly strengthens Liverpool’s side in the short term and could prove invaluable in the long term too. Even after Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk returned.
Analysis: ‘Sign Davies like Ighalo’
Sky Sports EFL expert Keith Andrews:
“Where Liverpool is now I think it makes perfect sense. You can perhaps compare it to the Odion Ighalo who signed with Manchester United last year. It’s a gap up to a point, but within that you have a chance as Player who makes a claim this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Ben Davies.
“The only thing I would say is that there is a snobbery in football that the big clubs traditionally don’t look down that far. Normally Davies would have to go to a lower Premier League team and prove himself there, maybe similar.” to what James Tarkowski did after his exploits in the lower division. He went and settled in Burnley and could easily have gotten bigger and better in the last 12-18 months and I’m sure there have been offers.
“I’m really excited for him because he deserves it. He’s been with Preston for about 10 or 11 years. He’s had a ton of loans, some outside of the league, and was ready to hit the hard yards in football . ” to get to that level.
“He’s also a very good footballer in terms of his skill set. Liverpool have a lot of possession and that won’t worry him. Defensively he will be playing against far more talented players so it will be a test for him but I hope.” he does it well. “
Preston Fan View: Davies will give everything to be successful in Liverpool
Jake Oates – From the Finney Blog and Podcast:
“Ben Davies has been with the club since he was 11 and has grown from a boy in Preston to one of the championship’s top center-backs, with stints in York, Southport, Tranmere and Fleetwood.
“Since Alex Neil took command at Deepdale in 2017, Davies has been an integral part of our defense, regardless of whether it was played by three center-backs on the left or two center-backs on the left.
“He’s stylish, cool, calm and collected – he’s been playing the championship games recently to the point where Alex Neil said, ‘He really is.” [a top player]. I’ll be honest, I go to most games and think, “I have a 9/10 in left central defense. What are the other guys going to give me?” Its consistency is excellent. ‘
“If that doesn’t say everything you need to know about Davies and his attitude, even though he’s not signed this summer, I don’t know what else there is to say.
“He’s not a sucker either. He’s quick and his ability to get the ball out of the back is almost unrivaled in the championship in my opinion. He reads the game incredibly well and helps keep him left footed and capable. also play in a back three, making it a versatile option for the Reds.
“He would always go this season. It was just a case of whether he would look out and go free in the summer or join Celtic on that window for a bargain price. But Liverpool are on their way.” Death.”
Ben Davies analysis
“Everything about the deal makes sense for Liverpool”
Sky Sports News’s Mark McAdam on Good Morning Transfers:
“Ben Davies was the subject of a £ 4m bid at Bournemouth that summer which was rejected. Preston wanted £ 10m and there was no second bid. Several clubs were interested in him from the championship – including some Premier League clubs.” – but he decided to stay. The money wasn’t on the table, the club needed him.
“He was a stone in the background, he’s good in the air. He reads the game so well.
“Everything about this deal makes sense to Liverpool.
“Even if he’s not the player Liverpool want or need, will he be leaving for less than £ 2m in the summer or 18 months? You will make money with him and at.” 25, he still has so much football development ahead of him.
“What an opportunity for him.”
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