A look a final few holes that Spurs could’ve plugged in this summer’s transfer window.
Although there can be no arguing that Tottenham did a pretty good job in the transfer market this summer, filling in most of the weak areas of their squad with a host of new players funded by the £85m sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, there are perhaps just two areas that they fell a little short. Andre Villas-Boas was known to be in the market for a new left-back, even if Danny Rose has performed well there so far this season, and perhaps just one more addition upfront could have meant less relying on the misfiring pair of Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe. Here is a look at five players that could’ve completed the puzzle for Spurs this summer.
5. Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid)
One solution to Spurs’ problems at left-back was thought to be Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao, who was also a late target for Manchester United before a move fell through. For some time it seemed that the Portuguese international may be included as part of a swap deal in the Bale transfer, but this never materialised, leaving Coentrao as a Real Madrid player for at least the next few months, as he will be expected to attract some interest again in January.
Danny Rose had a highly promising loan spell at Sunderland last season, but he may still have some convincing to do for Andre Villas-Boas as the club’s first choice in that position this year. Depending on how he does, Spurs’ chase for Coentrao may not be over yet.