Assou-Ekotto can earn his Spurs

FanZone's Nik Wardle believes Benoit Assou-Ekotto deserves a regular first-team place - and would be gutted if he leaves Tottenham this summer.

Last Updated: 29/04/13 at 17:38 Post Comment   

Benoit Assou-Ekotto: Should be first-choice left-back

Benoit Assou-Ekotto: Should be first-choice left-back

World Cup 2014

Check out the latest outright odds on next summer's World Cup in Brazil

He has been fit since around Christmas, but still Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Benny) isn't an automatic first pick for Spurs. I'm baffled by this and hope he won't be exiting White Hart Lane this summer.

Benny's honesty about why he's plying his trade in football is well documented, but I still think he's one of Spurs' better players. I certainly think he's our best left-back and struggle to understand why AVB doesn't pick him every week.

He does come across as being casual and does have the odd lapse - but who doesn't? He gets in many blocks and tackles, is pacey and is also very useful going forward.

Kyle Naughton, who AVB preferred on Saturday, is a decent defender, but being a right-footed left-back, has to check inside when attacking, which slows the momentum. We don't have this problem with Benny. He bombs forward and gets several crosses a game in (when there's someone to cross it to).

Naughton is improving, but I still think Benny is the better player. Danny Rose is due back from Sunderland in the summer, where he has been earning rave reviews. It will be interesting to see if he has a future at Spurs. More of a winger, initially, Rose is learning to play left-back and, like Benny, could be a useful attacking option for the team.

In the modern era, full-backs often play like wing-backs/wide midfielders, so it's useful to have players who are good going forward.

We obviously need to beat Southampton on Saturday. They're likely to get men behind the ball, so our full-backs will play a key attacking role. And I think there are few better attacking pairs than Benny and Kyle Walker in the Premier League.

I think we'll have more chance of winning our final four games with Benny in the side and I hope he's given a more prominent role next season, as I would hate to see him leave.

By Nik Wardle, FanZone's Tottenham blogger.

Follow FanZone on Twitter here!

World Cup 2014

Check out the latest outright odds on next summer's World Cup in Brazil

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hy don't you call in Becks as well...and we will all have a lovely tea party!

kimosabi
United: Scholes helping out

M

ourinho is just a good-looking version of Allardyce (Fit Sam?). Clearly 19th century football isn't such a big deal after all?

Ezy_Rider
Chelsea Killed The Game Instead Of Playing It

S

tay put, Pep. Timothy Sherwood has this under control.

slowgraffiti
Guardiola plans Bayern stay

Footer 365

Europa League: Lima's late winner gives Benfica 2-1 victory in semi-final first-leg

Substitute Lima struck late to help Benfica to a 2-1 victory over Juventus in their Europa League semi-final first-leg.

Nicky Butt proud to be assisting Manchester United's temporary boss Ryan Giggs

Nicky Butt says he is immensely proud to be assisting Manchester United's temporary manager Ryan Giggs.

Europa League: Sevilla secure first leg lead in all-Spanish clash with Valencia

Sevilla toppled La Liga rivals Valencia in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final to claim a 2-0 advantage.

Mail Box

Guardiola Is No Better Than Moyes...

At least he wasn't in Bayern's defeat to Real Madrid, says one chap in the mailbox. Plus, more excitement over Van Gaal at Man United and thoughts on FFP...

Man United Fans Excited By Van Gaal Talk

Man United fans know who they want to replace David Moyes, with Louis van Gaal the favourite to take over at Old Trafford. Plus, thoughts on Real Madrid v Bayern Munich...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property