Swansea City's Ben Davies shocked over Wales call-up
BEN Davies admits he is feeling overwhelmed as his big Swansea City break was followed by an international call-up.
Chris Coleman has added Davies to his Wales squad for their opening World Cup qualifier against Belgium in Cardiff on Friday after Swansea colleague Neil Taylor was ruled out for the rest of the season.
Davies also replaced Taylor 20 minutes into Swansea’s draw with Sunderland last weekend when the former Wrexham man suffered an horrific ankle injury.
His Swansea debut had come only seven days earlier when he arrived from the bench late on in the win over West Ham.
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And his first start for the club followed in the Capital One Cup a week ago.
“I turned up for pre-season hoping to push my way into Michael Laudrup’s plans, but to do as well as I have is a bit overwhelming.” said Davies.
“My parents are keeping me level-headed and I’m not getting ahead of myself. I’ve got a long way to go in my career and a lot of work ahead of me.
“It’s all been a bit of a shock, but I’ve got to take it in my stride and keep going. I don’t think I’m anywhere near the Wales first team at the moment.
“My aim is to keep working hard, to break into the under-21 squad and hopefully get a run in that team.”
Davies is yet to feature for Wales Under-21s, let alone the senior side. The 19-year-old had played just six minutes of top-flight football before Saturday, but he was thrust into the heat of battle after Taylor was stretchered off.
Neath-product Davies was asked to mark the Black Cats’ new £10 million signing Adam Johnson, and he did a sound job on the England man.
“It was a good test for me to come on for that amount of time when the game was still competitive,” he said.
“I came on against West Ham when we were cruising.
“It was a totally different test on Saturday and I thought I did okay.
“I kept things simple on the ball and got through the game.
“There were a few butterflies before I came on, especially coming up against an expensive new signing like Adam Johnson.
“I got an early tackle on him and that settled me down. I felt I did okay.”
Davies signed a new two-year deal this summer, having penned his first professional contract 12 months earlier.
The former Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera pupil has been with Swansea since the age of eight and worked his way through the centre of excellence system.
Though Davies impressed against Sunderland, Swansea are searching for an unattached left-back who can provide more experienced cover.
But if no-one arrives before Michael Laudrup takes his side to Aston Villa on September 15, Davies could again be asked to deputise.
“At the moment everyone’s thoughts are with Neil,” added the Wales Under-19 cap.
“We hope he has a speedy recovery because it’s a nasty injury.
“I was just hoping to be involved with the squad this season, so to play two Premier League games out of the first three is unbelievable.
“Now there’s an opportunity for me to test myself against the best.”