Ben Davies insists Tottenham’s new boys will come good despite a difficult start in their dreadful defeat to Everton.
But the Spurs defender claims Jose Mourinho’s fringe players must step up and be counted too to get the club through a fixture pile-up.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg struggled to get to grips with the Everton midfield in Sunday’s 1-0 loss, while Matt Doherty was substituted.
But Davies said: “They showed glimpses of what they’re about. Obviously it was a tough game all round.
“But what we’ve seen from them both in training has impressed the boys. We’re convinced they will do a good job for us this year.
“It’s going to be a real squad game this season. We’ve got so many games coming up that everybody’s going to have to play their part.
“Everybody in the squad is going to have a big part to play this year and they’re going to have to be ready when their chances come in this team.
“It’s a hectic schedule. We know what we’re up against but if we can get a good run going we can go a long way.”
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Spurs now fly to Bulgaria for Thursday’s Europa League clash with Lokomotiv Plovdiv before flying back for Sunday’s trip to Southampton.
Jose Mourinho’s men face the prospect of playing up to nine games in 24 days in a gruelling start to the season which will stretch their squad to breaking point.
Davies said: “You have to deal with these things. We’re going to have to deal with it all season long with the amount of fixtures and games coming out of nowhere.
“We know we can’t use that as an excuse. We’ve got to make sure we’re right in every game going forward.”
Mourinho accused his team of being “lazy” against Everton – but Davies insists they did give everything and were just as disappointed with their display.
The Wales left back said: “Everybody worked hard. Me personally, I gave it my all. I wouldn’t doubt that everybody else in the team gave it their all.
“But the performance wasn’t up to scratch. It’s hard to put it down to a lack of effort. I’m sure we will evaluate where we went wrong moving forward.
“It’s just about us now. We have to take it game by game. We’re three points behind already in the league now. We have to close that gap.
“This season looks like it’s going to be full of quality in this league. Every team has a lot of potential and has got quality in their squad.
“We have to be ready for each and every one and be better than we were against Everton.”
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