Left-back is one of the positions where Tottenham could be in need of an upgrade this summer.
Reports have suggested that Danny Rose is one of the players which Tottenham are expected to cash in on this summer (Football.London), while Jan Vertonghen is also expected to leave when his contract runs out (Football Insider).
Tottenham have mostly been linked with right-backs over the past few weeks with the likes of Max Aarons (Football Insider), Nelson Semedo (Don Balon), and Thomas Meunier (90 Min) mentioned as possible targets.
In comparison, speculation over the left side has been quiet which could indicate that Jose Mourinho is happy to have Ben Davies and Ryan Sessegnon battling it out for the position.
Sky Sports have even suggested that the Spurs boss is prioritising moves for a left-sided centre back and a right-back instead of a left-back this summer.
Tottenham reportedly have a small transfer budget to work with (Mirror) which could limit their ability to spend on multiple positions.
Football.London’s Rob Guest has identified five left-backs who will improve the Spurs side without the club having the break the bank to get them in.
He suggested Marseille’s Jordan Amavi, Paris Saint-Germain’s Juan Bernat, Vitesse Arnhem’s Max Clark, Porto’s Alex Telles and Bayern Munich’s David Alaba, as options the Lilywhites could land on a budget.
While Alaba’s name might stand out from the list, it is revealed that the Austrian international has just twelve months left on his contract with the Bundesliga champions and his future is very much up in the air.
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One thing that has been clear so far since Jose arrived at Spurs is that he prefers playing a lopsided back four, which switches to a back three in possession. So the left-back often plays as a left-sided centre half while the right-back plays as a wing-back.
So I am not sure we need an attacking left wing-back particularly when we have Sessegnon as an option. With Davies and Tanganga both being quite comfortable in that left-sided centre-half role, I don’t see additions in the position as a priority.
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