Starts key in Davidson's left-back pursuit

Ange Postecoglou has chopped and changed his starting left-back five times this year, but Jason Davidson believes regular games at Huddersfield Town can help him win the spot permanently.

Davidson impressed in his return to the Socceroos’ starting XI at the expense of Aziz Behich at left-back in Thursday’s 5-0 World Cup qualifying win over Bangladesh in Perth.

Neither player has been able to secure the left-back position since the 2014 World Cup, alternated regularly by Postecoglou with neither getting more than three successive starts.

Behich started as Postecoglou’s preferred left-back at the 2015 Asian Cup, but Davidson played Australia’s final three games including the decider. 

Throughout that period Davidson endured a difficult run with next-to-no game-time at West Bromwich Albion, prompting his off-season switch to the Terriers. 

The 24-year-old has started all six of Huddersfield’s games this term and believes that can only help his cause to be Postecoglou’s preferred option on the left side of defence. 

“I take positives from last year, that the boss kept faith in me even though I wasn’t playing week-in week-out," Davidson toldFourFourTwo.

“Now I’m playing week-in week-out, it’s up to me to make sure every time I get the opportunity to play, I do the business.

“That’s football. No one is guaranteed anything, so for me or Aziz or whoever is on the pitch, the same thing goes.”

Davidson said he was loving the hectic Championship schedule, which sometimes includes two games a week.

“My body feels great,” Davidson said. “At West Brom, I was at a great level training every day with Premier League players, so I still developed, but nothing beats match fitness.

“I’m just happy to be playing Saturday-Tuesday, Saturday-Tuesday in the Championship and getting as many games as I can and coming into the national team camp fully fit and firing. 

“That’s what I’m looking forward to this year, playing as many games as I can.”

The Melbourne-born defender said he had “unfinished business” in England too, following his frustrating time at West Brom. 

In fact, Davidson is dreaming of promotion to the Premier League, despite Huddersfield’s winless start to the Championship.

“I had a lot of offers in other countries, but I wanted to stay in England because I thought I had unfinished business having an unsuccessful year at West Brom, so I wanted to stick it out and have another go at it,” he said. 

“It’s about playing as much as I can, showing what I’m all about and making a move back into the Premier League.”

Davidson has added another bow to his string by taking on set-piece duties at Huddersfield under manager Chris Powell.

With Mile Jedinak out with injury, Aaron Mooy and Massimo Luongo have stepped up for free-kicks, but left-sided Davidson could be another option for Postecoglou.

“That’s up to the boss,” Davidson said. “I don’t think he knows I’ve been taking them. I haven’t told him, it hasn’t come up.

“It’s a bonus and it shows me that the gaffer at Huddersfield has a lot of faith in me.

“I practice every week to make sure it’s something I can bring into my game. It’s a bonus to have that on your CV. 

“Hopefully I can get a couple of assists. I’ve been unlucky at Huddersfield with players not putting the chances away.”