Tottenham’s Naughton eyes first team run at left-back

Tottenham’s Kyle Naughton has ambitions of cementing his place as his side’s left-back after first choice following the injury to first-choice Benoit Assou-Ekotto that is set to keep him out for up to a month.

According to Goal, Naughton, who signed for the Lillywhites in 2009 only to spend periods out on loan at Middlesbrough, Leicester City and Norwich City. The former England Under-21 international impressed at Carrow Road in the Premier League last season, making 32 appearances in all competitions without scoring.

Now, despite his preference to play right-back, Naughton believes he is ready to take advantage of Assou Ekotto’s absence to finally make his mark in the Tottenham first team.

“I played at left-back a few times for Norwich last season and hopefully now I can carry on playing,” said Naughton. “It was great to get the three points (against Reading) and that the gaffer gave me a chance to show what I can do. 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.”

Following their first victory under Andre Villas-Boas on Sunday at Reading, Spurs face Italian giants Lazio in their opening group match in the Europa League before welcoming QPR to White Hart Lane on Sunday for a London derby.

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