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“How Wrong Could I Be?”- Legendary Wrexham Boss Reveals How He Missed the Mark on Tottenham Hotspur’s ’One of the Most Consistent Defenders

Published 06/07/2023, 8:05 AM EDT

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The stunning season of Wrexham is a story for the ages. Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney transformed the club from top to bottom. The soccer club’s promotion to EFL League Two has won the hearts of their fans. However, things differed from earlier. Before Phil Parkinson arrived, one of Wales’ best players, scout, and manager, Brian Flynn, helped the club to gain recognition. He played and managed the club, and people knew him for his scouting abilities. Adept at spotting the right players, Flynn recently explained how he never believed in one Wales player’s ability to be an icon for his country. 

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The player was a teammate of the legendary Gareth Bale, but Flynn never believed in his abilities. Hence, he explained his thoughts in the interview and spoke about glaring misjudgment!

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That player was Ben Davies. Flynn explained in a recent interview“I managed the under 17s, 19s, and 21s. So I knew every Welsh player in the country. In the UK. In the Europe as well. There was a couple in Europe as well who could play for Wales. And the biggest surprise I have ever had. He turned out to be one of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League for the last ten years. And that’s Ben Davies at Tottenham.”

Davies is one of the best players in Wales and currently plays for Tottenham Hotspur. Despite Spurs enduring a miserable season, Davies is one of the consistent players on the squad. Flynn continued, “So we had him when he was 17 at Swansea. He was in the under-17 squad. Because he was left back, he had a good height. He was average paced, he wasn’t, you know. But at that time obviously, being a left-back with Gareth Bale about was going to be difficult, at that time.” 


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Alan Curtis worked with Flynn during his time in Wales, and he continued, “I said to Alan, Ben Davis, great lad. League of Wales top level.”How wrong could I be here? So you get them right, but sometimes you can get them wrong.”

Flynn’s words are a testament to the Spurs defender’s ability, as he is one of their most established players in the squad.


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Ben Davies remains consistent for the Spurs

Being a teammate of Gareth Bale, Davies made a slow start to his career. But he was a versatile full-back who could slot in the center-back position. Since then, Davies turned into a solid player for his country and club. According to FB reference, for the Spurs, he made 208 appearances and scored six goals while creating 16 assists. Looking at the defensive stats, he won 157 tackles out of the 222 he made, in addition to 151 interceptions and 381 clearances. 

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The iconic Davies plays a crucial part in the Wales national team set-up. He helped them to appear in major international tournaments. Therefore, the player is one of the underrated and consistent defenders of recent times. What do you make of Flynn’s claims? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a senior sports writer at EssentiallySports, with a passion for writing about soccer, NBA, and other American sports. He has published over 1500 articles to date, showcasing his creativity and engaging writing style that captivates his audience. As an ardent admirer of Arsenal, Jacob's soccer roots can be traced back to the legendary Thierry Henry.

Edited By: Amal Joyce