Earlier today we looked at the continuing issues at left back and the comments made by current incumbent Jan Vertonghen. The Belgian seems happy to cover for his club but clearly feels his best position is at centre back and that could see Andre Villas-Boas head into the transfer market when the window reopens in January.
Fabio Coentrao is a name that we’ve seen many times in the media and the 25 year old Portuguese international remains in the frame if Tottenham do look to solve this problem by acquiring a recognised full back.
The versatile Coentrao is certainly out of favour at Real Madrid where he has started only three games this season but wages of £100,000 a week could clearly be an issue. That’s probably why the Evening Standard are suggesting a loan deal from January to the end of the season while Villas-Boas looks towards a permanent solution in this problem position.
Looking long term, AVB may well be hoping for Danny Rose to make the left back slot his own with Zeki Fryers as his understudy but as temporary solutions go, Fabio Coentrao may not be the worst fix.