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Can Ezekiel Fryers become a Tottenham regular?

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Fryers previously played for Manchester United (©GettyImages)
Fryers previously played for Manchester United (©GettyImages).

Sir Alex Ferguson was less than impressed when his former prodigy Ezekiel Fryers joined Tottenham in January, after leaving Manchester United six months earlier on a free transfer.

Fryers spent six months at Standard Liege in Belgium before returning to England. Thus Tottenham avoided the tribunal and the complications of acquiring a young star from other club.

What the truth beholds is left to everyone's imagination as there was no inquiry or inspection about the deals and Fryers became a Lillywhite with much recognition across the world.

Ferguson, by making appeals, showed the world that how he rated the player and his abilities.

Fryers was tipped as the future left-back at Old Trafford; he had made two Premier League appearances for the Red Devils already and was growing steadily into a top class player then.

Where does he stand now after his first professional season outside Old Trafford?

The man who made six appearances for United in all competitions had added further seven while in Belgium. But he is yet to flourish at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is playing the waiting game with the highly-rated versatile defender. He wasn't near a first-team spot the whole season, as he continued his development at U21 level at White Hart Lane.

He was instrumental in Tottenham topping all the groups in the Barclays U21 Premier League. The 20-year-old defender had shown his versatility by occupying the left-back and centre-back roles with ease for the reserves.

Was it a step back? The man who seemed to succeed Patrice Evra at Manchester United couldn't find a break through at the Spurs in six months time.

Spurs faced somewhat uncertainty at left-back, with Benoit Assou-Ekotto struggling for form. Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Naughton showed their flexibility in that position, but the Lillywhites didn't get any chance to witness Fryers at the highest level.

This shows where he stands in the coaching staffs' books. He cannot be considered as an upcoming prospect as players of similar age, makes breakthroughs at this time.

Many expected Fryers to be part of the reckoning at the new season. But he isn't part of the pre-season squad for Barclays Asia trophy squad announced by Tottenham recently. With Danny Rose returning from loan and staking claims for the left-back role, Fryers might find himself even lower down the pecking order.

What does his future looks like?

Even though Fryers showed some brilliance at U-21 level with his athletic displays, his skills are no where near first team level, if the reports are to be believed. His positioning and game sense leave a lot to be desired as well.

It looks like Daniel Levy saved some money once again without paying over the odds. But we cannot rule out a player who broke through the Manchester United first team. Only time will reveal whether he can turn things upside down to earn his spot at White Hart Lane.

 

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