You’re Tottenham Manager: Squad For 2014-15 Season – Full Backs


With the season ended, it’s time to make crucial decisions on the composition of the Tottenham squad for next season. You decide which full backs stay and who goes.

Important decisions have to be taken at this time of year to decide how the squad can be strengthened. Full back is an area that has caused Spurs concern over the past couple of seasons, especially the left back position. Full back is a difficult role to fill at Tottenham as both full backs are seen as an important part of Tottenham’s attacking strategy. As well as having their defensive duties, they must also be available to provide width when Spurs are going forward in attack – leaving them open to being caught out of position with a swift counter-attack.

You can decide who goes and who stays to be part of the Tottenham squad for next season.

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Kyle Walker:

Injury has kept him out of the team since mid-March, the first time he has been absent from the Tottenham team for any length of time since replacing Vedran Corluka at the beginning of the 2011 season. After an exciting debut season for Tottenham, his form dipped the next year but last season he had returned to near his best form but still has room for improvement in the defensive side of his game. In a more defensive team under Andre Villas-Boas, Walker was not as obvious an attacking threat going forward although he produced possibly his best game of the season at Sunderland just before AVB’s departure. He still relies on his pace to get him out of difficulties defensively but he is totally committed and was a player who could be relied upon to keep going to the very end. Injury has deprived him of a place in the England squad for the World Cup but hopefully, the enforced rest this summer will enable him to recover and be fully fit for the start of the season.

Danny Rose [Photo: Jav The_DoC_66]Danny Rose: After a successful season on loan at Sunderland in 2012-13, Rose returned to White Hart Lane and was given the opportunity to stake a claim as the number one left back. Unfortunately, an early season injury kept him out for a number of months and when he returned it took him some time to find form. Towards the end of the season he showed a greater consistency but there are still areas of his game needing attention. He can be over zealous and rash in his challenges, giving away too many free-kicks in dangerous positions, his passing out of defence can be erratic and he can also get over worked up, as happened at Stoke when he was fortunate not to be sent off. A young full back but there’s still room to improve.

Kyle Naughton [Photo: Jav The_DoC_66]Kyle Naughton: Has been unfortunate in that he has always been regarded as second to Walker and been used to provide cover for both full back positions. The experiment of using him on the left doesn’t work as being right-footed, he gets caught in possession too often. With Walker’s injury, he has finally had the opportunity to play in his favoured right back position. He has been quite consistent in that period at the end of the season apart from the game at home to Southampton when two mistakes cost Spurs goals. To be fair to him, he didn’t let it affect him and he created one of the goals as Spurs recovered to win 3 – 2. As an attacking player, he’s hasn’t Walker’s pace but with his accurate passing he can create opportunities for the attacking players in the opponent’s box.

Zeki Fryers: He arrived at White Hart Lane from Manchester United via Standard Liege in January, 2012. He has had limited opportunities in the first team this season through injuries to defensive colleagues. He has played soundly and grown into the team, becoming more confident and when required to play in central defence against Benfica in Lisbon, played a very controlled and impressive game.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto: At the end of the season he will return to Tottenham having been on a season-long loan at Queen’s Park Rangers. BAE splits fans, some love him and others don’t want him near the team. An experienced left back with over 200 appearances for Spurs since signing in 2006, he is included in the Cameroon World Cup squad for the Finals in Brazil. What will the future hold for BAE?

Decision Time: Who Stays, Who Goes?

You can vote to keep as many of the full-backs as you like – in fact you can keep them all if you wish.

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