Tottenham Hotspur's manager Andre Villas Boas has the right to feel a little aggrieved at the negative reaction from some pockets of fans at two labored victories against Hull City last week.

Spurs may not have lit the Premier League up with massive victories and dominance that some optimists may have hoped for or expected given their summer of heavy spending of the Gareth Bale millions, but that doesn't mean that they aren't doing well.

A victory over Everton today will propel them from sixth to second and only three points behind early pace-setters and north London rivals Arsenal.

When you consider the drastic upheaval at White Hart Lane over the summer in game-plan and personnel, being in second place is fabulous progress-the more realistic fans would say sixth is even good enough at the moment as everybody gels together.

It's even more impressive considering they have been laced with the poisoned chalice that is the Europa League which has meant AVB's men have been forced to travel to all corners of the underbelly of European football on a Thursday night. Logistics may shed bad light on the club as well. You must consider that those Thursday nights mean that Spurs are often forced to play domestically on a Sunday- always playing catch-up which cannot be easy.

However, there is one cause for concern for the young Portuguese manager- his left-back position.

I think a few eyebrows were raised when the club agreed to loan Benoit Assou-Ekotto- a consistent Premier League performer for many years- to QPR in the Championship.

There may have been more to that story behind the scenes potentially, but still, it left a gap at left-back.

Young Danny Rose was given the nod at the start of the season ad didn't look entirely comfortable, defensively, until his unfortunate injury. His replacements have been Kyle Naughton who is right-footed which leads to obvious issues and Jan Vertonghen, who is a very good left-back but an even better centre-back, that's where his talents would be best utilized.

Given the way that wingers are such an important part of footballing tactics in most teams today, from a defensive perspective you need the right cover.

West Ham exploited it a couple of weeks ago and there is real cause for concern that others might cotton on- on top of that- the other full-back Kyle Walker has been a little out-of-form.

Tottenham's next inevitable foray into the challenging terrain of the transfer market should focus on finding a good left-back.

With the club building with high quality young players, someone who would certainly fit the bill is Southampton's protege Luke Shaw.

The 18-year-old has showed maturity beyond his years with consistent performances in the Premier League approaching two seasons now and while we see too many attack minded and at times defensively lacking full-backs coming up today- Shaw seems to have struck the perfect balance.

Of course big clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United have shown interest in the England under 21 star but Spurs can offer something the others might not be able to- first team football.

It seems easy for me to say at my laptop that owner Daniel Levy should do this and do that as I don't know the ins and outs of how much money the club have to get the youngster out of his five-year contract at St Mary's but surely a man like Levy could manage it.

Depending on the look of the league table come Christmas, AVB might get a little inpatient and look for a quick fix- Leighton Baines could be the focus of a tug-of-war which could end up becoming overpriced for somebody who is approaching their thirties.

In my mind Tottenham should wait until summer- hopefully the fans should realise that this year is very much a platform building exercise, next year is the one that they can finally be title contenders, and someone like Luke Shaw can finally reinforce that challenge.

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