Alasdair Gold has revealed that some staff at Tottenham believe that Clement Lenglet has the ability to be starting in the centre of a back three over Eric Dier.

Lenglet has primarily been used as an alternative to Ben Davies in the left centre-back role since arriving on loan from Barcelona in the summer.

Clement Lenglet

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The Frenchman has also played in the middle of the back three on occasions, particularly when Antonio Conte decided to move Eric Dier to right centre-back after Cristian Romero’s injury ahead of the World Cup.

Lenglet has certainly not set the world alight in a Tottenham shirt so far, with  Football Insider reporting last week that the North London club do not plan on signing the 27-year-old permanently in the summer and are expected to enter the market for another left centre-back.

The former Sevilla man did get another opportunity in the central sweeper role again at Molineux Stadium on Saturday and was far from impressive.

Gold wrote in his column for Football London after Spurs’ 1-0 loss to Wolves: “Some within the club believe that Lenglet has the ability to be the best option in the centre of the back three with his passing ability with his left foot.

“The Frenchman’s performance on Saturday did not particularly sell that idea.”

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Realistically speaking, I suspect Tottenham and Conte always viewed Lenglet as a temporary stop-gap at left centre-back, probably because their first-choice target in Alessandro Bastoni was not available last summer.

I cannot see us signing the Frenchman permanently even if Barcelona are willing to offer him on the cheap.

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