Football.London journalist Alasdair Gold believes Tottenham have too many players that can play at right wing-back and at least one name will need to be offloaded before the end of the transfer window.
The position was made an area of scrutiny for Spurs after Antonio Conte requested the club to strengthen his options over the summer (The Telegraph).
Spurs chiefs Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici listened to the Italian as they brought in Djed Spence from Middlesbrough, with the 21-year-old joining in a deal that could reach £20 million (The Guardian).
However, the club’s move to sign the England youth international has now left them almost oversaturated at right wing-back with a handful of names in the squad capable of slotting into the position.
And Gold feels the current situation makes little ‘financial sense or squad sense’ for Spurs, adding it is something the club will need to address before the closure of the transfer window on September 1.
He wrote for Football.London: “There are now so many options for the right wing-back spot that someone surely has to go because it makes no financial sense or squad sense to keep them all, with Doherty, Emerson and Spence all available for the role with Lucas and Kulusevski both able to play there and presumably the both-footed Ivan Perisic as well if required.
“Spurs will get more money for Emerson than they would for Doherty due to the age difference and the latter fits Conte’s needs better than the former.
“If you could combine both Brazilians into one player you would probably have a decent wing-back, but individually neither ticks all the boxes.”
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Tottenham’s move to sign Spence is an exciting one after his really productive campaign last season but it will now give Conte a selection headache.
While it is good having so many options at right-wing-back, it really doesn’t make too much sense financially. While there are wingers who can play there, it does look like both Doherty and Emerson could be in the firing line.
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