Leighton James column: Luke is a Shaw thing
THE Swansea City Premier League match at Southampton on Sunday will provide an opportunity to compare two of the best left-backs in the country - Ben Davies and Luke Shaw.
Though they won't directly come up against each other, it will be fascinating to see Davies and Shaw on the same pitch at St Mary's.
Ben continues to grow in stature and scored again against Arsenal last weekend.
He is an outstanding player who now looks completely at home in the Premier League and will still improve further.
His attacking play is almost as good as his defensive ability.
Swansea could well get a few enquiries about the young defender when the transfer window opens in January.
Though every club outside the top three or four are a selling club if the right offer comes in, hopefully Swansea can hang on to the lad, and my advice to him would be to stay put because I think that would be best for his development.
But I'm biased.
Perhaps even Manchester United might be keeping tabs on Ben because Patrice Evra looks to be a fading force.
I honestly believe that aside from Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines, there is not a better left-back than Ben in the country.
Shaw's not bad either, mind.
At just 18, he's already into his second Premier League season and will surely be a future England international.
Southampton have done incredibly well this season.
There were a fair few eyebrows raised when Mauricio Pochettino took over from Nigel Adkins last term, but he has done an outstanding job.
The Saints are sixth in the table after losing just one of their opening six top-flight games and recently recorded an impressive victory over Liverpool.
It will be a very tough game, though first Swansea must focus on tonight's game against St Gallen.
I have to admit that I don't know too much about the Swiss side.
But one thing is for sure, another victory would put Swansea in a very strong position as far as qualifying from the group is concerned.