Nothing to choose between Swansea City pair Neil Taylor and Ben Davies says Wales manager Chris Coleman
CHRIS Coleman insists there's nothing to choose between left-back rivals Ben Davies and Neil Taylor.
The two Swansea City defenders are currently locked in competition for a place at both club and country.
Davies got the nod for Swansea's season-opening Europa League first leg game against Malmo before Taylor began the return.
The Neath product also started for Wales against Ireland in midweek, while Taylor was named among the substitutes.
But Taylor is only now returning to match fitness after suffering a horrific ankle injury early last season.
And when he is back to peak condition, Coleman admits there will be a major decision to make.
"Ben Davies hasn't done anything wrong to lose his place first and foremost," said Coleman after Wales drew 0-0 with Giovanni Trapattoni's side.
"Neil Taylor's done everything right to get back in the squad, he's been getting back fit.
"He's played in the Europa League for Swansea already and he needs games, Neil knows that.
"Ben's not daft, he knows Neil's a good player, and Neil's not daft, he knows how well Ben's done since he's come in. Ben's sitting in the chair. It's up to Neil to get the shirt off him and it's up to Ben to hold on to it, but it's a good problem to have."
Davies shot to prominence after being thrown into first team action following Taylor's injury last September.
The youth team graduate made his first team debut in a 3-0 win against West Ham and continued to grow in stature.
Despite concerns over whether an untested, inexperienced player could last the top flight course, Davies excelled.
He kept more experienced rival Dwight Tiendalli on the bench, and went on to impress for his country.
But Taylor has also caught the eye during his time with Swansea.
The former Wrexham man jumped from non-league football to the Championship without breaking stride and has been a key part of Swansea's climb since.
"It's very tight. They've been brought up with that style of play at Swansea and they know it like the back of their hands," added Coleman.
"Even sometimes when they play for us, they're playing it blind because they know at Swansea there's someone there.
"Maybe for Wales our players are not at that level or not on that wavelength.
"They're two good players, two very good players, two young players who are both progressing and it will be a good battle between the pair of them."