Michel Bastos has emerged as a January transfer target to Andre Villas-Boas’ Spurs, with the Lyon left-sided player reportedly available for £8m.
Having been a stalwart of numerous Champions League campaigns for Lille and Lyon, and a member of Brazil’s 2010 World Cup squad, Bastos exudes the mix of experience and quality that would be extremely attractive to Spurs.
However it is unclear exactly where Bastos would fit into the Tottenham side. With Gareth Bale oozing world class quality everytime he steps on a football pitch, there is little reason for Spurs to spend so much on an understudy to the Welshman. Yet Bastos, who can also play at left back, could be seen as an alternative to Benoit Assou-Ekotto, as AVB looks to build a side that is not only capable of qualifying for Europe but also conquering it.
Despite this AVB may still be wary of replacing the dependable Assou-Ekotto. The Cameroon international has established himself as a key cog in the Spurs engine, and whilst replacing him will not cause the whole machine to fall apart, it may mean that it will not run quite as smoothly in the future.
On the other hand, should Bastos be signed as a backup, he could possibly be viewed as a bargain buy, considering that he is equally adept as playing left winger, than playing left back. Barring any catastrophic injury crisis on Spurs’ left flank, Bastos could provide cover for either Bale or Assou-Ekotto, should the pair succumb to any knocks throughout the season. For Bastos, filling in for two different players should earn him enough game time to make a move to White Hart Lane as an understudy worthwhile.
Additionally, signing a multi facetted player like Bastos for a snippet price of £8m, would mean that Spurs would save themselves a larger portion of their transfer budget than if they tried to sign separate left back and left wing cover.