Tottenham left-back conundrum, what should Postecoglou do?

It has been confirmed today that Ben Davies will also miss the rest of the season, leaving Spurs without their two senior left-backs for the rest of the season.
Today's confirmation indicates that Ben Davies will also be out for the remainder of the season, leaving Spurs without both their senior left-backs.
Today's confirmation indicates that Ben Davies will also be out for the remainder of the season, leaving Spurs without both their senior left-backs. / Catherine Ivill - AMA/GettyImages

It was only last week when fan favorite Destiny Udogie announced on his socials that he'd had surgery and was out for the rest of the season. Lightning has struck twice for Ange's men as his deputy Ben Davies has since also been ruled out for the run-in.

Ange has to now think outside the box in how he goes about filling the left-back void for the remaining 5 games of the season. Here is how I think he should go about it.

The first possibility is playing Emerson there. Known for being a versatile player, Emerson has played all across the defense (Transfermarkt) in his mixed Tottenham Hotspur career so far, including filling out at Centre-Back earlier in the season during the height of the team's defensive crisis.

Ange inverts his full-backs - so Emerson being right-footed isn't a major issue, although still not particularly balanced all the same. He also just doesn't have the same type of on-ball quality as Udogie in any case. Not many do, in fairness - but Emerson's technical deficiencies have been of detriment to Spurs in the past.

Therefore, my choice would be to play Micky Van De Ven at left-back for the remaining games. It isn't the perfect solution, but the perfect solution does not exist at this moment in time. Van De Ven's electric pace has been well-documented this season, often covering wide areas when Spurs are defending in transition.

The main concern to me would be him trying to turn and evade pressure in the middle of the park. A full-back inverting into midfield has considerably less time on the ball than Van De Ven's usual position at Centre-Back

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However, these issues also apply to Emerson, so it isn't a case of there being a technically superior alternative to Van De Ven in that role. His speed there will be useful when defending open space, and he can also go on some of those surging runs he likes in possession, with more license to get up the pitch than he is afforded at Centre-Back

Another plus to this is Spurs can give January signing Radu Dragusin a run of games at center-back and see what he can contribute to the team going forward. Per SofaScore, Dragusin has only played 254 minutes since joining in January. This is only 119 minutes more than he has played for the Romania national team in that time.

Whilst Dragusin was not signed to immediately become an undisputed starter, his game-time will be frustrating him, especially with him turning down a move to Bayern Munich (Fabrizio Romano) to move to North London.

A back four of Micky Van De Ven - Radu Dragusin - Cristian Romero - Pedro Porro would be an exciting proposition and would give Ange and the fans a look at a potential alternative next season.

Spurs U21 left-back Max Robson could be seen as more of a natural fit, but with Ange's reluctance to play youth unless forced, it would be pretty pointless to try and make a case for him.

So, I believe it is the best idea for Ange to trial out Van De Ven at left-back whilst simultaneously giving Dragusin a run of games, where he can learn a lot about both players. Whilst it is wrong to say Spurs have nothing left to play for this season, there certainly feels like there's not much pressure on the team. Regarding their top 4 chances, they have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Why not experiment? 5th would be a very good first season under Ange in any case, especially with context added in. Let's see.