The new rock at the heart of Tottenham’s defence

by Matthew Harris on September 24, 2012

Of all the new arrivals at White Hart Lane this summer, Jan Vertonghen has made the most impressive start and the Belgian turned in another calmly assured performance in defence yesterday.

You voted Jan as our man of the match against Reading last weekend and the club’s own poll on Facebook came up with the same result yesterday. As for the player himself, Vertonghen is loving life at the Lane.

“I love it here, the atmosphere is amazing, some of the best players in the world and an amazing team.

“But it is a shame we have to struggle every game until the last minute. I think at the end of the year I’ll need a good vacation!”

Jan admitted that Spurs should have dominated yesterday’s match but failed to do so in the opening 45 minutes,

“We want to dominate and play our own game at home and we struggled at that,” he added.

“I’m very happy with the second half. I think we did very well, a good tactical decision from the manager.

“It’s frustrating when you cannot play your own game so I can understand the supporters. We want to dominate at home and even in away games so things are expected of us.”

It seems as if Jan may cover at left back for the next few weeks but wherever he slots in, Spurs supporters will be relieved that his protracted transfer from Ajax was ultimately successful. Could we even have a new King at the Lane?

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