Sunday, January 6, 2013
Benoit Assou-Ekotto has no fears about losing his place in Tottenham’s first team after he made his return from a four-month injury lay-off in yesterday’s FA Cup win over Coventry.
Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Naughton have impressed at left-back since Assou-Ekotto injured his knee back in September, while Spurs have also recently added highly-rated full-back Zeki Fryers to their squad.
But Assou-Ekotto, who has been the club’s first-choice left-back since he joined from Lens in 2006, slotted easily back in to the team yesterday as Tottenham moved in to the fourth round of the Cup with a 3-0 win.
And the Cameroon defender insists he will make the position his own once again.
“It’s not a problem,” Assou-Ekotto said when asked about competition for his position.
“When I came here six years ago I was in competition with Gilberto, Lee Young-Pyo and Gareth Bale and it ended up being my place (in the team) so it’s not a problem.”
Assou-Ekotto’s return brought the best out of Bale yesterday as the Welshman combined well his team-mate to wreak havoc down the left flank.
Assou-Ekotto had only expected to be out for a few weeks when he suffered the injury in September, but the problem was worse than feared and surgery was considered to clean out a bone fragment in his knee.
The enigmatic 28-year-old insists he had no problems during his comeback game thanks to Tottenham’s recent excellent form.
“It was not difficult because it is more easy to come back in to a team who are playing well,” the defender told Spurs TV Online.
“It was easy to play. I am cool to come back and to have a win at the end of the game so it’s cool for us, for the team and for me.”