Spurs left-back candidate fact files

New Tottenham Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino has identified, with Daniel Levy and Franco Baldini, the need to buy a new left-back as one of the priorities this summer, so who are we going to welcome to Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs left-back candidates


Currently Tottenham have Danny Rose as first-choice and Zeki Fryers as his back-up. Both players would benefit from learning from a quality left-back. Benoit Assou-Ekotto has also returned from his loan spell at QPR.


Existing Candidates - Left-back

1. Danny Rose
England (homegrown qualified)
23 year-old (24 on July 2nd) Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)
1.73m (5ft 8in)
Under contract until 30th June 2016
Transfer Value - £6 million


Spurs left-back candidates



Hull City and West Ham United are interested in Rose but Tottenham have no intention of selling and are in negotiations over a new and improved contract. This was Rose's first season at Spurs and he is not the finished article, however after another year he should be close to the final player he will become. Whether that will be good enough remains to be seen.

Rose made 22 appearances last season scoring 1 goal and created 16 chances. He had a 79% passing accuracy, an average pass length of 20m and won 56% of his duels. He made an average of 6 defensive actions and made 3 defensive errors. He received 4 yellow cards and 1 red card that was rescinded.


2. Zeki Fryers
England (homegrown qualified)
21 year-old (22 on September 9th) Zeki Fryers (Tottenham Hotspur)
1.83m (6ft 0in)
Under contract until 30th June 2016
Transfer Value - £3 million

Spurs left-back candidates


For Zeki Fryers it was a breakthrough season and he will be hoping to get further games under Pochettino to develop his game further. The club, at least Tim Sherwood anyway, saw him as a centre-back long term so his versatility is useful.

Fryers made 7 appearances last season scoring no goal and created 2 chances. He had a 74% passing accuracy, an average pass length of 19m and won 58% of his duels. He made an average of 3 defensive actions and made 1 defensive error. He received 0 yellow cards and 0 red cards.


3. Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Cameroon
30 year-old (31 on March 24th) Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham Hotspur)
1.78m (5ft 10in)
Under contract until 30th June 2015
Transfer Value - £4 million

Spurs left-back candidates

A player who divides Spurs opinion but with a new boss that insists upon details, hard training, high work-rate his approach of I'd rather just turn up and play may cause friction. His loan spell at QPR in the Championship was not particularly successful, his performances were disappointing.

He is not the future but does have experience, however with Pochettino, Levy and Baldini deciding the club needs to buy a new left-back he appears to have little future. 

Assou-Ekotto made 31 appearances last season and created 35 chances. He had a 77% passing accuracy, an average pass length of 24m and won 60% of his duels. He made an average of 5 defensive actions and made 3 defensive errors. He received 5 yellow cards and 1 red card.

TottenhamTransfer Targets - Left-back


1. Sead Kolašinac
Bosnia-Herzegovina
20 year-old (21 on June 20th) Sead Kolašinac (FC Schalke 04)
1.83m (6ft 0in)
Under contract until 30th June 2017

Transfer Value - £5 million

Spurs left-back candidates

 
The Bosnian international represented Germany at the U21 European Championship in Israel before switching to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

He is an ambitious, confident player who is improving his technique and creativity. He has a frenetic, combative approach and is learning to channel it into positive aggression. His is a superb tackler, very strong and athletic. He has stamina, is excellent one-on-one and concedes few fouls.

Kolašinac made 24 appearances last season and created 10 chances. He had a 77% passing accuracy, an average pass length of 18m and won 45% of his duels. He made an average of 4 defensive actions and made 0 defensive errors. He received 4 yellow cards and 0 red cards.


2. Ștefan Radu
Romania
27 year-old (28 on October 22nd) Ștefan Radu (Lazio)
1.83m (6ft 0in)
Under contract until 30th June 2016
Transfer Value - £8 million

Spurs left-back candidates


He has reportedly expressed his desire to leave the Aquilotti during the summer transfer window. Newcastle, Manchester United, Napoli and Fiorentina are also interested in him.

According to LaLazioSiamoNoi, the Romanian international has asked the Italian team’s management to terminate his contract early, it’s currently set to expire in June 2016. Radu is a versatile defender able to play either left-back or centre-back.

Radu made 25 appearances last season scoring 1 goal and created 19 chances. He had a 83% passing accuracy, an average pass length of 19m and won 50% of his duels. He made an average of 8 defensive actions and made 0 defensive errors. He received 9 yellow cards and 0 red cards.


3. Ryan Bertrand
England (homegrown qualified)
24 year-old (25 on August 5th) Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea)
1.79m (5ft 10in)
Under contract until 30th June 2017
Transfer Value - £6 million

Spurs left-back candidates

 
He is also interesting Liverpool, together with Daley Blind of Ajax, as back-up options to Alberto Moreno. Hull City would like to sign him and are prepared to offer Chelsea £5.25 million for him, Southampton, Aston Villa, West Ham United also have an interest.

Bertrand made 16 appearances last season and created 4 chances. He had a 74% passing accuracy, an average passing length of 17m and won 53% of his duels. He made an average 4 defensive actions with made no defensive errors. He had 3 yellow cards and 0 red cards.

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4. Alberto Moreno 
Spain
21 year-old (22 on July 5th) Alberto Moreno (Sevilla)
1.71m (5ft 7in)
Under contract until 30th June 2018
Transfer Value - £15 million

Spurs left-back candidates

 
Moreno would be a Spurs target if his asking was lower. Liverpool remain favourites to sign him, however Spanish paper AS say the deal looks like collapsing because of Sevilla's £18 million valuation.

Sevilla are not happy the proposed deal has been made public and Liverpool want to know why he costs more than Barcelona have agreed to pay for their attacking midfielder Ivan Rakitić (£16.1 million).

Moreno made 29 appearances last season, he scored 3 goals and created 19 chances. He had a 79% passing accuracy, an average pass length of 19m and won 47% of his duels. He made an average of 5 defensive actions and made 2 defensive errors. He received 5 yellow cards and 1 red card.


5. Ben Davies
Welsh (homegrown qualified)
21 year-old (22 on April 24th) Ben Davies (Swansea City)
1.70m (5ft 7in)
Under contract until 30th June 2017
Transfer Value - £8 million

Spurs left-back candidates

 
Spurs watched him extensively last season and recommended him to new boss Mauricio Pochettino. He is an option who interests a host of clubs including new Spanish champions Atlético Madrid and Premier League winners Manchester City.

Davies made 34 appearances last season scoring 2 goals and creating 31 chances. He had an 84% passing accuracy, an average pass length of 17m and won 43% of his duels. He made an average of 6 defensive actions and made 1 defensive error. He received 3 yellow cards and 0 red cards.

Quick Stats Guide

Danny Rose - Premier League
Appearances: 22
Goals: 1
Chances created: 16
Passing accuracy: 79%
Average pass length: 20m
Duels won: 56%
Average defensive actions: 6
Defensive errors: 3
Yellow cards: 4
Red cards: 1

Zeki Fryers - Premier League
Appearances: 7
Goals: 0
Chances created: 2
Passing accuracy: 74%
Average pass length: 19m
Duels won: 58%
Average defensive actions: 3
Defensive errors: 1
Yellow cards: 0
Red cards: 0

Benoit Assou-Ekotto - Football League Championship
Appearances: 31
Goals: 0
Chances created: 35
Passing accuracy: 77%
Average pass length: 24m
Duels won: 60%
Average defensive actions: 5
Defensive errors: 3
Yellow cards: 5
Red cards: 1

Sead Kolašinac - Fußball-Bundesliga
Appearances: 24
Goals: 0
Chances created: 10
Passing accuracy: 77%
Average pass length: 18m
Duels won: 45%
Average defensive actions: 4
Defensive errors: 0
Yellow cards: 4
Red cards: 0

Ștefan Radu - Serie A
Appearances: 25
Goals: 1
Chances created: 19
Passing accuracy: 83%
Average pass length: 19m
Duels won: 50%
Average defensive actions: 8
Defensive errors: 0
Yellow cards: 9
Red cards: 0

Ryan Bertrand - Premier League
Appearances: 16
Goals: 0
Chances created: 4
Passing accuracy: 74%
Average pass length: 17m
Duels won: 53%
Average defensive actions: 4
Defensive errors: 0
Yellow cards: 3
Red cards: 0

Alberto Moreno - La Liga
Appearances: 29
Goals: 3
Chances created: 19
Passing accuracy: 79%
Average pass length: 19m
Duels won: 47%
Average defensive actions: 5
Defensive errors: 2
Yellow cards: 5
Red cards: 1

Ben Davies - Premier League
Appearances: 34
Goals: 2
Chances created: 31
Passing accuracy: 84%
Average pass length: 17m
Duels won: 43%
Average defensive actions: 6
Defensive errors: 1
Yellow cards: 3
Red cards: 0



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