Vertonghen touted for permanent switch

by Matthew Harris on October 4, 2012

Jan Vertonghen has rapidly become a fans favourite and an early contender for player of the season at White Hart Lane. One of the major factors that has impressed us is the Belgian’s ability to slot in so comfortably in central defence and then at left back in the absence of Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

The transition was so smooth that many are suggesting a permanent switch to the left side of defence as Jan’s best position. Here’s what John Cross said in the Mirror.

“The other one that’s caught my eye is Vertonghen. For me, you absolutely have to play him at left-back now because you shore up that left side as he’s a quality defender – strong in the tackle, ferocious, tenacious – yet he’s powerful going forward. If he’s played there week in, week out – even with Gareth Bale, who loves to attack, in front of him – he can be the best left-back in the Premier League.”

BAE is a player who inspires a mixed reaction on here and for many years he has had no challenger to his position in the side. Under the old regime, Benny would have been almost certain to come straight back into the team but should AVB play Vertonghen there instead? Another aspect to consider is whether we have enough options in the centre but with Steven Caulker looking impressive, the answer to that is probably yes.


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