Starting for the first time in the Premier League for Tottenham, Kyle Naughton could be handed his debut in the UEFA cup on Thursday evening against Lazio as he set to replace injured Benoit Assou Ekotto.
According to the Daily Mail, Naughton has impressed Tottenham coach Andre Villas-Boas so far, and even though a late goal from Reading on Sunday did not allow a clean sheet to be kept, his first Premier League start showed ruthlessness and attacking play.
Naughton told the official Tottenham site:
‘I played at left-back a few times for Norwich (on loan) last season and hopefully now I can carry on playing.
‘Towards the end, I was tiring a little and they got in behind us a little but the more games I play, hopefully the stronger I’ll get.
‘Everyone’s been brilliant and I just hope I can carry on now and play in the Europa League.’
With Villas-Boas cutting down a squad and reducing the wage bill, the only other suitable left-back to play would be former Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen. By playing Jan, this will allow Michael Dawson or Steven Caulker to make their first appearance for the club this season.
As well as this, Naughton is set to play for Spurs on Sunday and if he is featured against Lazio, he would be set for 3 games in only one week, a schedule which is incredibly demanding.
But, can Naughton replace Assou-Ekotto?
The 28 year old only has one year remaining on his contract and he is still set to sign a contract extension.
Naughton is young, energetic and dynamic. His runs up the field on Sunday showed Tottenham’s attacking strengths in defence and managed to successfully keep the right wing quiet.
However, if he is to set to become the new left back for Spurs, Naughton has got a lot of experience to gather before playing regularly for a team challenging for the Champions League.