Opinion: How to solve a problem like left-back – Do Spurs need a new signing?

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Dom Le Roy

Danny Rose is a player who still divides opinion amongst the Tottenham fanbase. While he is still a popular figure in terms of his personality and the effort he puts in, his performances have slipped dramatically over the past two seasons.

He still shows, on occasion, that he is an attacking outlet at left-back, however, it is becoming quite clear that he is not the defensive player that he used to be.

This could be because he is no longer playing in a team that provides a good shield in front of the back four, but as Mourinho gets his message across, you would imagine the defence would become more resolute.

I worry that it is becoming a mixture of the system not suiting Rose and the fact that he is simply past his best. Rose is best suited when Spurs play a wing-back formation or when Spurs are playing against a team who like to sit behind the ball.

Ben Davies is another option, although out injured at the moment, and is definitely better defensively, but doesn’t seem to be of the required quality for a team looking to challenge for the Premier League.

Perhaps the best signal of Tottenham’s left-back situation is the fact that 32-year-old central defender, Jan Vertonghen, now appears to be the first-choice left-back. Not exactly a long-term solution.

In my opinion, a new left-back is one of the first things Mourinho needs on his shopping list over the next two transfer windows.

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