Ben Davies (footballer, born 1993)

Benjamin Thomas Davies (born 24 April 1993) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a left back for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the Wales national team.

Ben Davies
Davies lining up for Wales, 2016
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Thomas Davies[1]
Date of birth (1993-04-24) 24 April 1993[2]
Place of birth Neath, Wales
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.81 m)[3]
Playing position Left back[2]
Club information
Current team
Tottenham Hotspur
Number 33
Youth career
2000–2001 Swansea City
2001–2004 Viborg FF
2004–2012 Swansea City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Swansea City 71 (3)
2014– Tottenham Hotspur 116 (3)
National team
2011–2012 Wales U19 3 (0)
2012– Wales 52 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:38, 2 December 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:45, 19 November 2019 (UTC)

Davies is an academy graduate of Swansea City, a Welsh club based in Swansea who play in the English football league system, also joining Danish club Viborg FF's academy while his family lived in Denmark. He made his professional debut for Swansea City in the second Premier League game of the 2012–13 season against West Ham United, scoring his first professional goal in a 3–1 Premier League win against Stoke City in January 2013. In the 2013–14 season, Davies was once again a regular for Swansea City.

In July 2014, Davies was signed by Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee, making his debut for Tottenham in an Europa League game against Cypriot side AEL Limassol. He has spent much of his Tottenham career battling with Danny Rose for the starting left-back spot.

Davies made three appearances for the Welsh national under-19 football team in his youth. His appearances all came as part of qualification for the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. Davies made his senior Welsh national team debut against Scotland as part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification in 2012. He currently has 43 senior Welsh caps.

Early life

Davies was born in Neath, West Glamorgan.[2] After spending time in the youth academy at Swansea City, he and his family moved to Viborg, Denmark, after his father accepted a job offer. They spent three years living in Denmark, where he played for Viborg FF's youth team before returning to Swansea.[4] Davies attended Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera and is a Welsh speaker.[5]

Club career

Swansea City

After spending time with the youth ranks, Davies signed a two-year contract with Swansea City, making his first-team debut against West Ham United for the Premier League on 25 August 2012, coming on as an 84th minute substitute for Neil Taylor in a 3–0 home win.[6][7]

Davies became a regular starter for Swansea in the 2012–13 season, following a long-term injury to Taylor.[8]

On 23 November 2012, Davies signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract with Swansea.[9]

On 19 January 2013, Davies scored his first goal for Swansea against Stoke City in a 3–1 victory.[10] In doing so, at 19 years and 270 days, he became Swansea's youngest ever scorer in the Premier League.[10] In September 2013, he scored his second and third Premier League goals for Swansea, against West Brom and Arsenal respectively.[11][12]

On 24 December 2013, Davies signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at Swansea until June 2017.[13]

Tottenham Hotspur

On 23 July 2014, Davies joined Tottenham Hotspur on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee. He joined on the same day as his Swansea teammate Michel Vorm, with Gylfi Sigurðsson being exchanged as part of the deal.[14][15][16] Davies made his Premier League debut for Tottenham Hotspur as a late substitute in a 0–3 defeat to Liverpool.[17] He made his first start for the club in the league in a 2–1 away win at Hull City on 23 November 2014. He was an unused substitute for the 2015 League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on 1 March 2015, in which Tottenham were beaten 2–0 by Chelsea.[18]

Davies scored his first goal for the club on 8 January 2017, a header in an FA Cup tie against Aston Villa.[19] He signed a new four-year contract at Tottenham on 9 March 2017, extending his deal to 2021.[20]

Davies scored his second Tottenham goal—and his first for them in the Premier League—against Hull City on the final day of the 2016–17 season; a first-time strike from outside the box into the top left corner added a sixth goal in an eventual 7–1 win for Tottenham.[21]

Davies started for Tottenham in the opening match of the 2017–18 season, and scored a goal in a 2–0 win away to Newcastle United.[22]

Davies signed a new 5-year contract with Tottenham in July 2019.[23][24]

International career

In September 2012, Davies was selected for the Wales squad for 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification matches in September 2012. He replaced club teammate Neil Taylor, who had suffered a broken ankle in a Premier League match against Sunderland.[25] Davies made his full international debut in the 2–1 win against Scotland on 12 October 2012.[26]

Career statistics


As of match played 23 November 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Swansea City 2012–13[27] Premier League 3711060441
2013–14[28] Premier League 34200007[lower-alpha 1]0412
Total 713106070853
Tottenham Hotspur 2014–15[29] Premier League 14020409[lower-alpha 1]0290
2015–16[30] Premier League 17020008[lower-alpha 1]0270
2016–17[31] Premier League 23141205[lower-alpha 2]0342
2017–18[32] Premier League 29230105[lower-alpha 3]0382
2018–19[33] Premier League 27010309[lower-alpha 3]0400
2019–20 Premier League 6000102[lower-alpha 3]090
Total 11631211103801774
Career total 18861311704502627
  1. Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. Three appearances in UEFA Champions League, two in UEFA Europa League
  3. Appearances in UEFA Champions League


As of match played 11 June 2019[34]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Wales 201220


Swansea City

Tottenham Hotspur



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  12. "Swansea 1–2 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 28 September 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
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  24. "Tottenham: Ben Davies and Harry Winks sign new five-year contracts with Spurs". BBC Sport. 8 July 2019.
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  32. "Games played by Ben Davies in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  33. "Games played by Ben Davies in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  34. "Davies, Ben". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
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  36. McNulty, Phil (1 June 2019). "Tottenham Hotspur 0–2 Liverpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
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