Tottenham's dearth of viable left-back options should lead them to consider signing Manchester City defender Alexsandar Kolarov in January.
The 27-year-old Serbia international is exactly the sort of player required by Andre Villas-Boas, and would allow him to deploy the increasingly frustrated Jan Vertonghen in his favoured central defensive role.
Vertonghen has already expressed his irritation at being constantly played out of position, as he continues to cover for injured duo Danny Rose and Kyle Naughton on the left side of Spurs' defence this season.
"Once there are injuries, I'm the first to fill in the gap," the former Ajax captain is quoted by the Daily Mirror, telling Belgian TV. "Sometimes it's better if you can play in only one position.
"Other players specialise on one position and they can completely concentrate. I can play at left-back and I can help the team at times. But everyone knows I am not a left-back."
There's no questioning the Belgian's capability as a full-back, particularly following his forays forward in the goalless draw with Everton on Sunday. But, at some stage, Villas-Boas will surely revert back to playing one of the Premier League's most impressive centre-backs last term in his preferred position.
Naughton is another makeshift left-back. A natural right-footer who is better suited to the opposite flank, is also doubling up as a back-up for first-choice right-back Kyle Walker when fit.
After Benoit Assou-Ekotto was loaned to Queens Park Rangers for the duration of the 2013/14 campaign, Villas-Boas left himself completely short on left-back cover, with Rose the only natural selection in that area of the pitch.
The former England U21 international has only recently worked his way into the Tottenham first-team, after impressing in pre-season, following a productive season-long loan spell with Sunderland in 2012/13.
But, when Rose limped off with a foot injury in Spurs' 3-0 victory over Tromso in the Europa League on September 19, the lack of options became even more apparent.
The 23-year-old is yet to return to full training, and having already missed 10 games, is not expected to return until after the international break later this month. It will almost certainly force Villas-Boas back into the transfer market in the New Year.
With that in mind, Kolarov would be a great addition at White Hart Lane, providing director of football Franco Baldini can convince Manuel Pellegrini to part with the player in January.
City's No.13 has enjoyed something of a renascence under the tutelage of the Chilean coach, but remains second-choice left-back in the Etihad Stadium pecking order, behind Gael Clichy.
Pellegrini was unwilling to entertain any bids for Kolarov in the summer, amid reported interest from Serie 'A', but might allow the former Lazio man to leave if he were to push for an exit.
In 11 appearances for Manchester City in all competitions this season, the Serbian has shown enough promise for Spurs to take a punt on him, and there's reason for Kolarov to hand in a transfer request, with more opportunities for regular action in north London.
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