Tottenham won comfortably away at Aston Villa this past weekend, with Andros Townsend and Roberto Soldado getting the goals - all the while, Jan Vertonghen was having a great game - but out of position, in left-back.
Rose as been injured for a while now, when all the while Assou-Ekotto could've been playing rather than the Belgian.
Don't get me wrong, Vertonghen plays very well in the position and he even plays there for Belgium on the odd occasion - but the fact of the matter is that he is a centre-back by trade and no doubt would prefer to be playing in such a position.
Since Danny Rose - AVB's first choice left-back in the Premier League this season - was injured in a Europa League clash against Tromso, Vertonghen has filled in on the left side of defence, with Naughton featuring occasionally too. However the ideal situation in a scenario like this is to be able to call on a player who plays in the position and avoid playing players in positions they don't favour.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto can solve this issue, but Spurs loaned him to QPR in the summer. It's understandable that Assou-Ekotto may spend some time on the sidelines whilst Rose is in such good form, but the Cameroonian left-back is an experienced player who could happily and easily have slotted into the vacant spot whilst Rose was injured.
If the Englishman was to get injured again, Tottenham would find themselves in the same predicament with a stretched squad, with other players having to fill in where needed. Assou-Ekotto is an experienced left-back at 29-years-old, he has plenty of Premier League experience and on top of that has great ability.
He could easily give Rose a battle for left-back position and would provide crucial back up in situations like this. Simply recall him from his loan and Villas-Boas would be able to stop using Vertonghen in the position and can preserve his players' fitness.
Luckily, Rose has been forecast a return in the coming days, so for the time being AVB can rest on his laurels. However, Assou-Ekotto could still be a good re-addition to the squad if recalled from QPR, and played in cup games to give Rose some time to rest between Premier League matches. It'd be good news all round for Spurs to see Assou-Ekotto back at the lane.
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