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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ben Davies - Swansea's Impressive Young Wonderkid

Ben Davies (20), Defender, Swansea (Wales)

Football wonderkid Ben Davies
Player information:
Date of birth: 24 April 1993 (20)
Place of birth: Neath, Wales
Club: Swansea City
Nation: Wales
National level: Wales
Position: Full Back
Preferred Foot: left
Height / Weight: 170cm 5'7, 76kg (11st 14lbs)
Market Value: €1.5Mill

Wales might not be the first country you think of when scouting for new wonderkids and talents. But in the recent years there have been produced some amazing players from Wales. Most famous is Gareth Bale and Joe Allen, but now there are two young talents reaching for the stars in the Welsh national team, one of them is Ben Davies the other is Jonathan Williams (19).

Ben Davies have impressed both fans and Swansea Manager Michael Laudrup this campaign. While he missed the final cut for making into the list of PFA Young Player of the Year 2013, Ben Davies is definitely one to look out for in the coming years!

Benjamin Thomas Davies was born in the minor town Neath right outside Swansea. Ben Davies started his youth career in Danish Viborg FF, where he spend three vital years of development before heading home to Swansea. His final step into the professional football came in April 2012, when he lifted the FAW Welsh Youth Cup. He scored one of the goals in this final, making this one of his proudest moments in his youth career.

With hard work, dedication to progress, and a little bit of luck he was handed his first professional contract some weeks later, a two year deal with Swansea earning "only" £400 weekly wage! Before the 2012-13 season Ben Davies was part of the first team of Swansea. While it was only some minutes of playing time, Ben Davies made his professional debut against West Ham on 25 August 2012. Only a week later, Ben Davies became a regular first team starter following a long term injury to first choice left back Neil Taylor. Both the injury of Neil Taylor and the guidance of former football legend Michael Laudrup have been important for his rapid development. After 14 appearances for the first team, playing regularly in the English Premier League, at the age of only 18, he signed a new professional contract on 23. November 2012. He was now tied to the Swans for 3,5 years. While it might have been a proud moment to debut in the English Premier League, it must have been a personal triumph when he scored his first consecutive goal the 19th of January 2013, against Stoke City, a match Swansea won 3-1. In doing so he became the Swans youngest ever scorer in the Premier League. The last campaign have been successful for Ben Davies. Not only getting his debut, but winning the Capitol One Cup Final 24. February 2013, a match Swansea won 5-0 against Bradford. The convincing win is the biggest ever margin in the League Cup final. With the goals from Nathan Dyer (2), Spanish bargain Michu and Jonathan de Guzman (2) Swansea City won their first ever major trophy, which they marked it their centenary season. Ben Davies has recorded an overall record of 1 goal in 32 league appearances.

As soon as Ben Davies entered first team football at Swansea, he was promoted from the Wales Under-19 to the Wales national team. Chris Coleman called up to replace Neil Taylor. Ben Davies made his international debut in the 2-1 win against Scotland on 12 October 2012. He is one of the youngest players in the national team, together with nPower Championship talent, Jonathan Williams (19), who plays for Ipswich. Benjamin Thomas Davies has recorded 3 matches for Wales under-19, one match for the Wales Under-21 and 7 appearances for the national team of Wales.

Ben Davies is one of the most promising young talents from Wales these days. He can be compared to the former football legend Paolo Maldini. Their playing style is some kind similar, fast controlling full backs with great tackling and man marking styles. Ben Davies is not afraid to go forward if needed and is almost never caught out of position. He is a great defensively minded players in my view. If Davies keeps playing like he does now, he could become a world class full back. No matter what, he has a very bright future ahead of him as long as he keeps away of horse racing tips and football betting.

Ben Davies - Player Profile in Football Manager 2013

FM 2013 Player Profile Ben Davies

Ben Davies is regarded as a Football Manager 2013 wonderkid, so let's look at his player profile in FM13. Is he a player worth to buy?

Height: 171cm (5ft 7in)
Weight: 74kg 11st 9lbs
Personality: Resolute
Squad Personality: Ambitious
Main Strength: Speed
Main Weaknesses: Aerial Ability
Best player attributes: Crossing, Bravery, Composure
Worst player attributes: Jumping, Heading, Aggression
Preferred foot: Very strong left foot (Right foot weak)
Natural Player role: Full Back
Secondary Player role: Wing Back

Ben Davies Player position

Ben Davies is a very talented young full back in Football Manager 2013. He has potential to become a 4 star player in the latest FM13 update (13.3.0). The main things to notice about Ben Davies is his low wages €8.5K per week, which is very reasonable for a 19 year old regular Premier league starter. Despite his young age, he has pretty good stats. If matched regularly he could become a great full back for English Premier League, German Bundesliga or French Ligue 1. Ben Davies is valued at €3.7Mill and might be purchased for €10 to 17Mill at start of a new game. He would probably ask for wages between €15,000 to 20,000K per week.

Player Development and Training scheduling in FM13:

Ben Davies Player role training

Player Attributes - strength
In Football Manager 2013 Ben Davies is regarded as a natural full back, mostly because of his great speed and crossing. While his main strength might be in his defensive skills, fairly good marking, tackling and concentration, he is also a player who gives everything for the team with excellent bravery and determination, good work rate, team work. Ben Davies could be described as a speedy full back who rarely prone under pressure.

Player Attributes - weaknesses
Ben Davies' main weaknesses is his aerial ability; heading and jumping. Ben Davies is not the most technically gifted player with average attributes in technique, flair, passing, first touch and dribbling. Despite his young age, he has some important preferred moves in regard to his player position; Gets forward whenever possible, Runs with ball down left and dives into tackles might show you some of his playing style. You can read more about the different preferred moves in this guide to individual training.

To improve Ben Davies as a full back you should focus to improve his positioning, decisions and off the ball even further. Later I would focus to improve his heading and jumping to make him even better at defensive parts of play, mostly because of his good marking and tackling. To become a counter attacking threat it might be favorable to improve his passing, anticipation and off the ball. Last but not least, to make him a world class player, you need to carefully develop him. There are still 3 years to improve him into the new Ashley Cole, David Alaba or Neil Taylor. With the help of excellent coaches in Football Manager 2013 and good tutors he can reach his potential.

Hope you enjoyed this article on Ben Davies written by Woods

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