The Daily Mail has reported that Tottenham manager, 34 year old Villas-Boas, is looking to establish his tactical formation of 4-3-3 as he looks to step up the North London’s hunt for a left winger.
The newspaper has suggested that the former Porto manager is looking at his former club ‘s left winger, 20 year old Christian Atsu, who was sent out on loan last season. He appeared in 30 games for Portuguese team Rio Ave where he scored 6 goals and assisted a further 4.
Another option which was suggested is Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling. The youngster played 25 minutes of Premier League action last season in 3 separate games. Of course this move would be pathetic. With Villas-Boas looking to implement his formation when the new season begins, it would be foolish to buy an inexperienced youngster when a first team is yet to be established. AVB has not purchased the natural left-winger or the world class striker he wants which he should prioritise first before looking at longer term options.
But Villas-Boas could make use of his natural talent to reposition his current players. Gareth Bale received criticism under Redknapp as he was constantly played out of position which weakened the areas which were not covered in a satisfactory manner.
For example, when he played on the left wing next to Adebayor, the left midfield was exploited as a result. Not only this, but with Bale playing in the left wing position, his main attributes of pace and crossing are not used to the full potential.
With this, it is evident that if AVB wants to play his 4-3-3 formation, he is going to need to buy an experienced and naturally suited left winger if he wants this formation to work at White Hart Lane in the forthcoming season.