One of the best football clubs in the world, Real Madrid CF, possess two world class left backs in Marcelo and Fabio Coentrao.
One a typical Brazilian wing back in the mould of Roberto Carlos, very dangerous in the attacking third. The other one is the Potugese left back who is a more rounded defender than his compatriot.
It's a selection dilemma every coach in the world would like to have in his team, but the players might think that they are world class material, hence deserve to play week-in and week-out.
Brazilian Marcelo, seems destined for a longer run at Real Madrid. He is not only a fans' favourite, but also one of the vice captains of the club along with Sergio Ramos and Gonzalo Higuain. Even in an injury affected season, the 25-year-old amassed 13 starts in La Liga, while a fit Fabio Coentrao had to settle for 16 starting roles.
Recent reports have emerged that Coentrao isn't happy at Madrid. He has revealed that he doesn't feel beloved at the club. His late arrival at the training ground on occasion also hasn't gone down well with the team officials.
Earlier this summer Coentrao had revealed that he is looking to move away from Madrid.
'From the first day I do not think I was wanted here," said Coentrao. "Today it seems that everyone wants me to leave the club. I do not know what I have done wrong.’
Big money spenders in France - AS Monaco, Premier League clubs Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have all linked with the 25-year-old left back this summer.
Tottenham's problems at left back were well documented last season. The club's first choice Benoit Assou-Ekotto was struggling last season due to fitness and form. Center-back Jan Vertonghen and versatile right wing back Kyle Naughton occupied this position at times as well.
This season, there is added competition from Danny Rose, who had an incredible year on loan at Sunderland. Apart from the aforementioned players, then there is Manchester United academy graduate Ezekiel Fryers who is waiting for a chance in the Spurs first team.
Signed for €30m by Real Madrid two summers ago, Coentrao is valued at around €25m at present. Can Tottenham afford this much money on a left back?
They have already splashed around £25m on their summer signings Paulinho and Nacer Chadli. Another £20m is touted for a striker addition. With the North Humberland development project and the new stadium in the pipeline, do they need a £20m left back?
His wage demands will also be a problem for Tottenham, who are working in a tight wage structure.
Even if Spurs can sell some of their top earners in order to balance the books, a contract extension for Gareth Bale will be their first priority. Hence, they cannot afford to cut loose with the new signing's wages!
With so many options available, and the striker crisis looming large at White Hart Lane, should Spurs splash the cash on the Real Madrid left back?
Priorities look like they lie elsewhere.
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