Swansea City's Ben Davies ready to make left-back role his own
BEN Davies insists he is ready to continue at left-back for the rest of the season.
The 19-year-old defender made his sixth Premier League appearance against Reading on Saturday having been thrust into first-team action after Neil Taylor suffered a serious ankle injury.
Michael Laudrup scoured the free agent market in a search for reinforcements when it was revealed Taylor could miss the rest of the campaign.
Former FC Twente full-back Dwight Tiendalli was signed on a one-year contract, but so far Davies has kept his place in the back four and the Neath product is happy to stay there for as long as Laudrup wants.
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"If needs be I'll play all season, but it all comes down to Michael Laudrup and what he wants to do," said Davies.
"Some people think, as a young player, it's impossible to play every week because I might get worn out.
"At the moment I'm happy to play every week and do the best I can.
"The manager's shown a bit of faith in me and that's only down to how I've been playing.
"Hopefully if I can keep on playing well, I'll have more of a chance to play games."
Davies was handed his top flight debut when he came on in the dying minutes of Swansea's 3-0 win against West Ham six weeks ago.
He then made the first of two Capital One Cup appearances when Barnsley visited the Liberty before his big break arrived.
When Taylor fractured and dislocated his ankle against Sunderland, Davies was plunged into the heat of Premier League battle.
"I think I'm settling down now," he said.
"Things happened very quickly at the start, but I think I've held my own in this league so far.
"I got the chance to play a game and Michael Laudrup must have thought I did well to keep playing me.
"Hopefully I can keep progressing, keep performing and improve.
"It's totally different to playing under-21 or reserve football, but I can only do my best and hopefully stand up to the opposition we play against.
"Everything's a lot quicker, the players are a lot more switched on and there's no time to rest in the game.
"As a young player all I've got to do is work hard and do my best."
Having come through the Swansea youth ranks, Davies only signed his first professional contract 15 months ago.
After impressing last season, Laudrup offered the former Cwrt Herbert Colts player a new two-year deal in the summer.
Davies's breakthrough at Swansea also saw him added to the Wales squad for opening Group A matches with Belgium and Serbia.
He has again been included by Chris Coleman ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Scotland and Croatia and is now eyeing a first senior cap.
"It would be a dream come true to get a full cap for Wales, but all I can do is keep working hard for Swansea and the benefits should come from that," he added.
"I haven't spoken to Chris Coleman, but when I meet up with the squad hopefully I'll have a chat with him to see what his plans are.
"Things are totally different to what I was used to last year, but it's great and I can't complain.
"I've got to keep enjoying what's happening because I don't know when I might get a chance like this again.
"I never thought things would happen like this, but it's probably the best way because I've got to take it in my stride."