The left side of defence remains a problem area for Spurs and it’s been this way for at least the last two seasons. If reports are to be believed, new head coach Mauricio Pochettino will move to plug this gap very shortly but who are the leading contenders to take on the left back slot?
Swansea’s Davies seems to be the number one target and has even got some of us checking the news feeds in anticipation of an official announcement from the club.
According to press stories, the two clubs involved can’t currently agree on a fee. Spurs are thought to have initially offered £8m with Swansea holding out for around £12m. Suggestions of complicated deals involving Michel Vorm and Gylfi Sigurdsson have also surfaced but will it run to a conclusion or will financial wrangling see it all fall through?
Widely touted as a target for Manchester United, the Old Trafford club have moved on to sign Luke Shaw so Ajax defender Blind is still available. Like many Ajax players, the 24 year old could be seeking a move away in order to find a greater challenge than winning the Eredivisie every season.
Links to Spurs disappeared after it became apparent that Frank De Boer would not become our next manager but Blind remains a quality player who we should be looking at.
When first mentioned in connection with a move to White Hart Lane, the press were reporting that it would take a bid in the region of £16m plus Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue on loan in order to seal the Sevilla man’s services.
In the last 24 hours however, it’s been claimed that a more likely £18m has been tabled by Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers’ men remain front runners but Spurs are still being mentioned in some quarters.
Wolfsburg left back Rodriguez was part of a Swiss squad who weren’t quite as impressive as we’d been led to believe at Brazil 2014 but his own displays have sparked further talk of a move to the Premier League.
Currently, it’s Manchester United in pole position as far as the press are concerned – despite having already signed Luke Shaw – but if the Ben Davies deal falls through that will all change.
The press are still touting Coentrao as a possible premier league candidate but Portugal’s performances at the World Cup won’t have enhanced his CV.
That could be good news for Spurs as it would keep any transfer fee down and Coentrao’s constant battle with Marcelo at Real Madrid could finally see him move on.
What’s your opinion as far as the left back slot is concerned? Do all signs point to Swansea’s Ben Davies or do you feel that Pochettino will take time to evaluate the current squad and let Danny Rose, Zeki Fryers and Benoit Assou-Ekotto battle it out between themselves?