With Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s continued absence from the side, Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas has been forced to play others out of position owing to lack of cover. However, even if BAE returns shortly and impresses the boss, there are growing suggestions that AVB will look for a permanent solution to the problem in January.
With Danny Rose, who was a converted left winger, at Sunderland, Spurs had no natural cover for Benny when he picked up his knee problem. After Kyle Naughton and Gareth Bale were used out of position, Jan Vertonghen slotted in seamlessly but the Belgian is adamant that his future is at centre half.
One reported transfer target is Jan’s former team mate Toby Alderweireld, a 23 year old who has been with Ajax since 2008. Alderweireld has also played alongside Vertonghen in the national side and with 19 full caps for Belgium, it’s thought that he might be available for as little as £7m. One problem could be the positioning, with the player currently taking over from Jan at centre half – he’s versatile but once again, left back may not be his ideal position.
The concept of replacing BAE or at least providing decent cover seems a sound one but are the press simply opting for Toby Alderweireld because of his links with Jan?