No repeat of last summer's transfer mistakes

Tottenham are not looking to repeat the mistake of last summer and fail to make a signing.

No repeat of last summer's transfer mistakes


The signing is question of course is the signing of a left-back. Plenty of others came through the door and only one of those 'Summer Seven' has partially been a success for a few months at the end of the season, under Tim Sherwood, a Head Coach who didn't know what he was doing according to fans.

Andre Villas-Boas was the incumbent last summer though and he wanted to sign a left-back, it seems though as he only wanted to sign one, Fábio Coentrão of Real Madrid who was out of favour at the time but didn't want to come to Tottenham.

All the eggs in one basket and a falling out with Benoît Assou-Ekotto, which resulted in AVB telling the Cameroon international he will never play for Spurs again, left us with Danny Rose. That was a mistake as last season showed, Rose had nobody to learn from.

The majority thought him not good enough, the minority thought he was, citing the fact he was Player of the Season before at Sunderland, seemingly ignoring the difference between the standard required for top of the table as opposed to bottom.

Despite a decent start to the season where he surprised many, although Spurs forgetful fans have done just that, forgotten, a change in style saw his form tail off. The problem despite being blamed on him was not all his. Had Assou-Ekotto been at the club then he would have had someone to discuss the role with, as it was he only had theoretical coaching to call upon.

He has his faults, his lacks positional sense, concentration at times, he makes rash challenges and goes to the floor to often but when we were set up with a more defensive mindset there deficiencies were kept at bay. Upon playing a more attacking game where he was afforded little cover he was an accident waiting to happen.

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All the left players we played on the left side of midfield didn't want to defend and often didn't leaving him exposed. The call for a replacement has been loud and for the second summer running the management have identified left-back as a weakness.

This time around there are plenty of candidates but one in particular has been decided upon and if reports are to be believed has already visited the training ground to look around, Swansea City youngster Ben Davies. With a year left on his contract BAE will probably be on his way with a new signing as we'll need the space in the 25 man named squad for other overseas players.

With other targets though, if the Davies deal falls through then Tottenham have already done the groundwork to transfer their attention elsewhere. We won't be making the same mistake as last summer and relying on Danny Rose, of that we can be sure.



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