Yesterday we looked closely at the left back position at Spurs where Danny Rose is currently on the treatment bench. With BAE out on loan and the right footed Kyle Naughton struggling to deputise, Belgian international Jan Vertonghen has been filling in to much better effect.
Jan has openly spoken about the situation and clearly doesn’t see himself as a left back but Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas suggests that his player has to make sacrifices for the overall good of the club.
“I have had lots of conversations with Jan regarding this situation,” Andre said.
“Unfortunately he has to sacrifice his position as centre-back for the team.
“He hasn’t fallen in love. I know he doesn’t like it, but it’s no big deal.
“It’s a decision I have to make for the best of the team.”
AVB went on to offer some serious praise for the 26 year old who has stood out since signing from Ajax at the start of last season.
“His position at centre-back is not in question,” he added.
“He is one of the greatest central defenders I have worked with. He knows that and he knows that position is waiting for him whenever we have options at left-back. He has my word.”
High praise indeed and clearly the boss rates Vertonghen as a special player if he is essentially guaranteeing his usual slot in the centre of defence.