Tottenham look light at left-back after allowing Benoit Assou-Ekotto to leave on loan. Could they still strengthen the position?
It cannot have been the intention, but Tottenham exited the transfer window looking weaker at left-back than they entered it.
The returning Danny Rose has become first choice, while Benoit Assou-Ekotto has been moved onto QPR on loan, seemingly after falling out with boss Andre Villas-Boas.
It leaves Spurs light in the position in terms of cover. Both Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Naughton are versatile enough to play there, but for neither it is a natural position.
So could Spurs be tempted to plug the gap by bringing in a free agent as cover in the position? Here are three options should they choose to draft in a fresh face:
Obradovic is a Serbian international with 21 caps, who previously cost Real Zaragoza £3 million. He is 25 and has experience of playing in the Europa League and Champions League qualifiers. He is a free agent after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in January, but he is now back to fitness and searching for a new club.
Argentine left-back Lucas Mareque, 30, used to play for Andre Villas-Boas' former club Porto, and spent last season with Lorient in France. The 30-year-old has recently been training with Rennes in France in a bid to win a contract. He has played for Argentine giants River Plate and Independiente and featured in the Copa Libertadores.
Spanish defender Ayoze, 31, was released by Deportivo la Coruna just two days ago, and may not be without a club for long. He featured 14 times for the club last season, and can bring experience to Spurs - with almost 200 appearances in Spanish football to his name. Ayoze has played for Real Mallorca and Racing Santander, and was handed his debut as an 18-year-old for Tenerife by Rafa Benitez back in 2000.
Are any of the trio worth bringing in for the season as a stop-gap?
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