Villas-Boas ready to allow Cameroonian to leave White Hart Lane.
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has put his scouts on red alert to find a new left-back – raising major doubts over Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Villas-Boas believes it is a key area where his squad needs strengthening, and Assou-Ekotto does not fit into his long term plans.
The 29-year-old has struggled with injuries and has lost his unchallenged status as the Londoners’ first-choice at the position, with Kyle Naughton and centre-half Jan Vertonghen both filling in at various times.
Source: Daily Mirror
Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s time at White Hart Lane could be coming to an end, after boss Andre Villas-Boas instructed his scouts to find a new left-back.
Assou-Ekotto was a first team regular and a consistent performer last season under Harry Redknapp but the laid-back Cameroonian has struggled under ‘Arry’s Portuguese successor. A serious knee-injury meant the 28-year-old was ruled out for a large chunk of the season but since his return at the beginning of this year, he has not looked the same player and has been in and out of the Spurs first-team.
There are some who feel that, like striker Emmanuel Adebayor, the former Lens left-back is not a fan of Villas-Boas, who demands a rigourous pressing game for 90 minutes from his players.
With Spurs chairman Daniel Levy known for his business acumen, it looks increasingly likely that the club will cash-in on the player while he remains the right side of 30 and still has a sell on value.
Tottenham, after all, boast three talented young left-backs in Kyle Naughton, Ezequiel Fryers and Danny Rose (who is currently on loan at Sunderland). But Naughton – as Assou-Ekotto – pointed out earlier in the season is a right-footer, Fryers has played exclusively for the under-21s since his controversial arrival in January, while Rose may remain at the Stadium of Light permanently.
Jan Vertonghen, meanwhile, is adequate cover at full-back but is arguably Spurs finest centre-half and the Belgian is needed centrally.
With all this in mind, it looks like Spurs will be in the market for a new left-back this summer. Watch this space.