Vertonghen ready to take up the challenge

One of the most protracted deals in Spurs’ recent history finally came to an end on Sunday as the club announced the signing of Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen. The Belgian defender joins us as the second signing under Andre Villas-Boas’ reign and will complete the deal after a medical.

“I am very relieved,” he said. “It went on for a long time, but I’m glad I’m a Tottenham player right now and I’m looking forward to playing for the club.

“I am 25 years old now and I feel ready to play in the Premier League. I have heard a lot of good stories from my Belgium team-mates. I think I’m ready.”

The Vertonghen rumours began to gather pace back in January and stories that the deal had started to progress began during Harry’s reign. A contract dispute is thought to have held things up but amidst suggestions of a hijack from elsewhere, Jan has now signed on.

The 25 year old has 37 international caps and was the player of the year back in Holland last season. Those are some impressive credentials and surely all Spurs fans will welcome this signing.

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13 Responses

  1. spurs4life says:

    For me the jury is still out on AVB, but if we keep signing players of this caliber, all I can say is the future is looking good . Hunterlaar should be our next signing

  2. Jurgen18 says:

    Couldn’t be happier with this signing.
    He looks a touch of class on the ball and reads the game very well, reminds me a bit (not saying he’s as good) as Rio Ferdinand.
    He has also made it clear from the off that he wanted to sign for us, and that Spurs was where he wanted to be. Jan and Kaboul could potentially form an awesome partnership.
    Of course the jury is still out on AVB, i’d imagine it will be till this time next year, but the fact we have a young boss, and the squad is taking shape has got me excited.
    Not convinced by Huntelaar though ‘spurs4life’, he offers very little apart from goals (even they dried up when he moved to Spain and Italy), he is lazy, his touch is none existent and he is slow. I would much prefer to turn Adebayors loan deal into something permanent, but thats just me.
    I’d be interested to hear what striker/strikers a few others out there fancy bringing to the lane??

  3. Pikey says:

    Not really seen Vertongen play but he’s got great credentials, apparently won Eredivise and Ajax player of the year. And scores goals too.
    Really happy about Gylfi too, he’s wicked.
    Lloris would be ace. Ade too. Maybe another striker on top though we have Kane and the ivorian kid as back up.
    Another right back would be useful, Debuchy looks tasty.
    If Modders leaves are we happy with Moutinho?? Is Gylfi good enough as a direct replacement???

    • Daniel says:

      Gylfi is more of a replacement for VdV — and looks like he could do a good job of it. Here’s a good comparison of him to Modric and VdV (as well as others):

      http://www.eplindex.com/16177/gylfi-sigurdsson-spurs-stats-comparison-to-spurs-lfc-players.html

      Jan (and Glyfi) is a great signing, though. Personally, I think we need a keeper (Lloris), 2 strikers — 1 main and 1 backup (ideally Damiao and Castaignos), and a backup wing who can play either side (if Pienaar goes) — not sure who, though. Also, if Modric goes then Ganso, Moutinho — possibly Pjanic or Pastore.

  4. Jurgen18 says:

    Gylfi, Sandro and parker would be an ok midfield 3, but in my opinion we would need to replace Modric and Moutinho fits the bill.
    Not sure i want us to sign another right back though, we have Walker, then Naughton and Adam Smith as back-up, money could be spent much better elsewhere

    • Daniel says:

      AM — Gylfi, VdV (or his replacement if sold)
      Playmaker — Hudd, Modric (or his replacement if sold)
      DM — Sandro, Parker

      Livermore and possibly Carrol could add depth with injuries. And you’re right — we don’t need another RB. Walkter, Naughton and BAE, Fryers on the other side.

      What about depth on the wings, though?

  5. Matt pie says:

    2 strikers and a long term keeper should now be priorities..

    Adebayor we should definitely try to sign up. Plus one more, maybe Remy? Or someone else… Lloris is raved about, if he’s that good sign him up..

    That would leave us in top shape going into the new year… with one serious team in place.

  6. vishal_spurs says:

    finally..! now the back 4 really looks solid
    that takes care of the defense..

    now i wish we make the adebayor deal permanent,find a replacement for modders(moutinho or dembele?) and get a backup for lennon…m surprised no1 mentioned a RW because that,i believe, was the reason of our dip in form last season as we had no cover for lennon..since GDS looks set to leave,i wud like us to buy hoilett who can come on the cheap..

    i think brad can go on for another season…so probably buy butland and loan him out for the 1st season
    another striker up top wud be handy but honestly remy is not worth 20 mil…i wud rather like us to buy damiao…since internacional has bought forlan,i think we can get him
    any other signing in mind,fellow lilywhites?

  7. allardyce says:

    Will be solid in every way. Glad to see some stars still want to play for Tottenham! Current players take note. Wow if only we can work on attack and another creative midfielder to replace Mods. Bench is thin. We have a laundry list at the moment.

  8. Pikey says:

    Any news of Jenas leaving? I thought QPR were gonna bid.

  9. joe says:

    Happy days in north london :d for 1 team anyways LOL

  10. kyle says:

    happy with the vertonghen signing. Avp should go after Lloris/Butland, Ganso to replace Modric, Adebayor and Sturridge

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