Tim Sherwood says he is happy with his Tottenham squad, yet a glaring hole still exists at left-back.
Arrivals at Tottenham have been an afterthought this January, with most speculation centring on which out-of-favour midfielders may be off.
A conspiracy theorist would suggest the reason Spurs are keeping their money in their pockets is because they do not entirely believe Tim Sherwood is the man to lead them forward long-term, and want to give him until the end of the season to do so, and if not - give the money to somebody else to spend.
Yet it is hardly fair on the current Head Coach to continue with the dearth of options he possesses at left-back.
Spurs attempted to add Fabio Coentrao over the summer, and had been expected to make an addition with Benoit Assou-Ekotto loaned to QPR.
Yet they did not do so, and have been struggling on with Danny Rose as the club's only real left-back, a player who was sent out on loan himself last season.
Rose himself has struggled to keep fit at times, and has been in poor form this January, gifting Arsenal a goal in the FA Cup, and sent off against Manchester City.
Ezequiel Fryers is a back-up option, but yet an unproven one when it comes to a team chasing Champions League football.
Spurs have resorted to playing centre-backs out of position at full-back to cover Rose at times, and with one day left until the transfer window closes, they would be mad not to pursue their options of signing a new left-back either as cover or as a first choice.
The problem is their options are running out, with players like Alvaro Pereira and Domenico Criscito either having made their moves or no longer for sale, but in a similar quandry 12 months ago, Arsenal plucked Spanish international Nacho Monreal out of Malaga in an £8.3 million deal to solve their problems, showing deals can be done if the right scouting and targeting is done.
Failing to bring in a new left-back could be Tottenham's undoing this season. Chairman Daniel Levy famously likes to leave it late in the transfer window, but this is one area he is cutting particularly fine.
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