Tottenham Hotspur have been one of the quieter Premier League teams in the transfer market this summer.
One position deemed definitely and swiftly in need of strengthening was left-back. First on new boss Mauricio Pochettino's list of targets: Swansea City's Ben Davies.
Signed up last week, the 21-year-old featured in the club's latter two North American tour fixtures—wins over Toronto and Chicago Fire. Largely untested down his flank defensively, Davies did have more opportunity to get forward, particularly against Toronto.
Before Davies goes about staking his claim to be Tottenham's first-choice left-back, what of those who have gone before him in the position?
Over the following pages we examine and rank Spurs' last 15 left-backs, including Davies' current competition, Danny Rose.
The chief criteria for each player's placing is talent as a full-back and his success performing in the role for Spurs.
Longevity and time spent playing in the position is also an influence. Pascal Chimbonda, who covered there occasionally, and Zeki Fryers, who got a handful of appearances last season, are not included. Despite it not being their best or preferred position, the amount of times Kyle Naughton and Jan Vertonghen played there does see them qualify.
Taking his place at No. 15 is an Italian you would be forgiven for forgetting even played for Tottenham.