BEN DAVIES firmly believes that a good pre-season campaign will help Tottenham Hotspur to start their Premier League bid in positive fashion.
Spurs head off to America on July 19, ahead of matches against Paris St Germain in Orlando on July 23, AS Roma in New Jersey on July 26 and Manchester City in Nashville on July 29.
And left-back Davies believes that facing three games against such strong opposition will only stand the side in good stead as they gear up for their opening league match against Newcastle United next month.
“We’ve got some good fixtures out there, and it’s up to us to keep ourselves fit and get fully ready for them,” the Welsh international said. “We don’t want to come back and have a slow start to the season – we want to come in raring to go and pick up as many points as we can early doors. A good pre-season will help us to do that.
“We’re really determined to win games and I think that the way we go into every single match, we don’t have any fear whoever we’re against.
“Even if our backs are against the wall, we’ve turned games around and performed well in those matches, and it’s the sign of a good side when you can pick up points when sometimes you don’t play so well.
“I think we’ve done that in a couple of games over the last year and it’s important that we’re fully focused at all times again next season.”
Meanwhile, former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Scott Parker has returned to Spurs as under-18 coach and a club ambassador after confirming his retirement from playing.
Parker, who made 63 appearances for Spurs between 2011 and 2013, called time on his illustrious career last week and is relishing his new role at Tottenham.
“I’m delighted to be back at Totten-ham and look forward to immersing myself in the job,” he said. “It is a great honour to represent the club both as a coach and an ambassador.
“Obviously it wasn’t an easy decision to call time on my playing career, though I’m looking forward to this new chapter and am grateful to Spurs for handing me this opportunity at such an exciting time in the club’s history.”
John McDermott, head of coaching and player development at the club, said: “Scott will need no introduction in terms of his playing credentials.
“He’s been planning a career in coaching for a number of years, and during his time here he was not only completing his coaching qualifications, but dealing with players in real life situations.
“Scott’s role within the academy will be to manage the under-18 players and to instil the standards required to be an elite international and Premier League player.
“I know how passionately he feels about the personal qualities needed from players to be a success in our first team, and I know he will develop these qualities in our players on and off the training pitch.”