The 24-year-old French full-back is on Redknapp’s radar, as the spurs boss looks to bolster his side in preparation for their first ever champion’s league adventure next season. However, do Spurs require his services? Or are they adequately equipped in this department already?
Spurs already have Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Gareth Bale who can play in the left back slot quite comfortably. However, it seems Redknapp has realised that Bale is better off as a winger, which leaves the Spurs boss needing competition for Assou-Ekotto.
Although Bale can play in the full-back position (and has done this season), but his judgment and naivety makes him vulnerable against opposing wingers. Bale likes to attack, and on occasions this season, has forgotten about his defensive duties leaving his team exposed at times. Redknapp clearly recognised this, and moved the Welsh international further up the pitch to the left wing.
Since then, the 20-year-old has blossomed, and shown that he is more dangerous when running against full-backs. Bale became Spurs best player without a doubt towards the closing stages of the season because of his positional move.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto has been Tottenham’s first choice left-back for 4 seasons running and a reliable one at that. The 26-year-old Cameroon international is the only accomplished left-back Spurs have in their current squad (Bale is one, but it is more than likely that he will be played as a winger next season) and surely Redknapp needs to acquire a left sided full-back in the summer to bolster his squad in this area.
Assou-Ekotto will require friendly squad competition for his place in the starting line-up next season (his 36 appearances this season proves this point). Redknapp would have noticed this, and as a result, the Englishman will dip into the window this summer.
Benoit Tremoulinas is the ideal candidate for Redknapp, but trying to prise him away from France will be tricky as his side lifted the Ligue 1 title this season. The Bordeaux left-back still has 3 years left on his current contract and claims he is happy with life in France, But following the exit of manager Laurent Blanc earlier this week, Tremoulinas may consider his future at the club as well. Spurs will have cash to spend this summer, and the lure of English football on their side will certainly add another dimension if they choose to bid for the young player.
Tremoulinas has been ever-present both in Ligue 1 and the champion’s league this season, amassing a total of 45 appearances and scoring 2 league goals for the former French champions.
The full-back performed so well, that he was named in the French leagues team of the year and is undoubtedly one of the country’s most promising young players at present.
Don’t be too surprised to see the players name thrown about in the media when the window re-opens in the summer.
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