Since last season, Tottenham's two major problems were a lack of fire-power up-front and a stable option at left-back.
The void up-front is thought to be filled by the addition of Spanish striker Roberto Soldado.
Even though no new additions have been made for the left-back slot, the return of loanee Danny Rose provides fresh hope to the Lillywhites faithful.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto's inconsistent displays and injury worries were a cause of concern for Tottenham Manager Andre Villas-Boas.
AVB's defence remained unstable due to the pedestrian efforts from Benoit Assou-Ekotto (BAE), who a few seasons ago was considered as one of the best-left backs in the Premier League.
Last season highlighted his vulnerabilities at back, his over-confidence on the ball and lack of pace was exposed by the wingers, and the opposition managers targeted this area to open-up Spurs' defence.
The high-line defence led to BAE's downfall where pace is a vital aspect.
BAE's inconsistent form was another reason for his downfall. Centre-back Jan Vertonghen was preferred over him at the left side of the defence in physical Premier League games while right-back Kyle Naughton was the managers preferred choice at left whenever he opted for a solid back-four with Vertonghen in the middle.
Even though right footed Naughton limited the width while going forward, AVB considered him as a better bet than more natural BAE. Even though Spurs lack of width came under scrutiny at one stage, BAE couldn't recover his magical touch which made him a fans' favourite and remained as a squad player since then.
Summer transfer window was seen as an option to upgrade the vulnerable left back.
Even though Spurs failed to bring in an established left back, the return of Danny Rose from Sunderland was a huge boost for AVB. Rose, who was one of the best players for the black cats during his loan stint and had established himself as a Premier League left back by then.
AVB took the pre-season as an opportunity to integrate the youngster who was keen to prove a point. Rose, played a crucial role in most of the pre-season matches and now finds himself ahead of BAE in the pecking order.
It's ironical that BAE is now third in the pecking order even behind Naughton who is primarily a left back. On the other hand, Rose has resurrected his stalling career in 2012/13 and is set to start against Crystal Palace as the club's first choice left back.
Rose is very grateful to AVB for giving him a chance to impress and the lad had grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Rose has got his chance due to an under-performing counterpart and will be keen to make a mark as the season progresses.
Even though Rose made it to the first team in the tougher path, it will be even harder for him to nail down a regular spot in a top club. He knows that he cannot rest on past laurels and needs to perform week-in-week-out to make his way up in an enterprising and attacking Tottenham team.
Rose is certain to start against Crystal Palace ahead of BAE. Can he keep his spot in the long run ahead of his competitors?
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