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Capoue done,Coentrao next?

Posted on August 10, 2013 by Guest Writer

If reports are to be believed Real Madrid are about to sell Coentrao to Tottenham for a fee of just £13m and no Gareth Bale conditions involved. Having signed for real Madrid in 2011 for a fee of £26m it has been said that his time in the Spanish capital has been an unhappy one and he has struggled to make the left back spot his own.

It now seems that Madrid are prepared to release the player for half his cost to them and AVB believes he is the answer to the left back problems that he endured last season. Unfortunately Benni and Danny Rose do not seem to provide the answer needed at the moment although Rose seems to be the one destined to become the cover and alternative over the course of the season. To be honest Danny Rose has had a decent pre- season and has yet to have been afforded the opportunity to play in a settled back four or even with a recognised central defensive partnership alongside him so maybe he is being judged a little harshly.

It is probably fair to say that last season because of injury to Assou-Ekotto the left back position was only ever really suitably covered when Jan Vertonghen moved across to stand in for him, that though meant the team lost the best central defender in the squad even though Steven Caulker did a fair job. Kyle Naughton, a right back, did ok when he was asked to fill in but because he was right footed it took something away from the team offensively. Benni did recover from injury but did not at any point recover his fitness level or form and it remained as one of three or four problem areas in the team.

The second position in the team to suffer as a result of injury was in central midfield following injury to Sandro, he had firmly established himself in the team and become crucial but once he went down against QPR it soon became clear that Scott Parker was no longer on a par. AVB has now addressed the situation and is now spoilt for choice with Capoue and Paulinho to call upon.

Thirdly, the injury to Kaboul so soon into the season prevented AVB being able to play the high line to the level that he had hoped, Gallas did ok as did Michael Dawson but neither possess the speed and strength of Kaboul. We must now hope that after such a long absence from the game Younes Kaboul does regain his form and fitness, if he does he will offer a massive improvement and easily secure a position next to Vertonghen at the heart of the defence.

There is no need to point out the other area in which the team struggled as it was clearly at centre forward, a severe lack of sufficient goals and constant injuries to both specialist forwards Defoe and Adebayor. It was always the case that Tottenham were a forward short last season and lost both players at regular intervals over injury issues and the African Cup of Nations in which Adebayor was involved. £26m and the purchase of Roberto Soldado has addressed this issue and it seems as though Tottenham will now start the season with a full complement unless either player is sold before the deadline.

The left back position remains the only one needing to be resolved and 25yr old Portugal international Coentrao might just be the man for the job.



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