Where has Benny been all pre-season? The maverick has been so important to Tottenham in recent years that it comes somewhat as a shock that he now appears surplus to requirements at the Lane.
Andre Villas-Boas has favoured Danny Rose for much of the pre-season festivities and it would appear to be a switch that could well be maintained for the season itself. In footballing terms this may not be such a surprise, Benny is a defensive liability and clearly doesn’t cut it long term for the club, whereas Rose, who still suffers from the same brain-dead inadequacies, still has the potential to grow into a quality wing back.
Is this move prudent? You can count the number of world-class wingbacks on one hand and the question is whether Spurs can find a suitable improvement. The Coentrao deal has been widely sensationalised by fans, quick to forget how defensively inept the Portuguese defender actually is. I cannot help but think Assou-Ekotto still had something to offer Spurs, but it appears his time is nearly up for us.
What Benny says often should be taken with a pinch of salt, however his tweets during the Espanyol game appeared definitive:
Benny’s footballing abilities may soon be forgotten, but his reputation as a cult hero will live long in the memory. An honest maverick in a footballing world of hypocrisy, he was a breath of fresh air worth cherishing.
I doubt we will ever see someone quite like Benny again at Spurs, and for that reason I will be sad to see him leave.
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