Wales' Ben Davies comfortable if Ireland stay focused on Bale

Tottenham defender feels Welsh have other weapons

Ben Davies, Wales,

Wales' Ben Davies during the media interviews at the Vale Resort, Glamorgan. David Davies/PA Wire/PA Images

Wales defender Ben Davies says his team can benefit if Ireland focus entirely on trying to stop Gareth Bale.

Martin O'Neill's side have openly discussed how much of a threat the Wales forward will be in Friday's 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Tottenham left back Davies told Sky Sports News that it's natural that Ireland and other opponents look to Bale as the main creative source but feels that Wales have other players that can step up and cause damage.

"I can't really blame them for talking about Gareth Bale, I don't think," he said.

"He's the star man. He's going to do stuff that a lot of other players can't. But we've got a good squad and we've shown that, that it's not just Gareth.

Gareth Bale

"If they want to focus on just him, it might just mean that there is space for other people out there."

Among the other danger men for Wales capable of inflicting damage to Ireland's defence are Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey and Stoke City's Joe Allen, both of whom shone at Euro 2016 as Wales reached the semi finals.

Allen in particular has had an excellent season for Stoke since moving from Liverpool, adding goals to his game and scoring six goals from midfield.

He also found the net in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Having just scored twice for his country, both of those goals from Allen came in the Autumn 2016 portion of the qualifying campaign, with a goal each against Austria and Moldova.

Real Madrid's Bale meanwhile has already scored four goals in the World Cup qualifiers so far.