While the press are switching their focus between Tim Sherwood and Louis van Gaal, the one player under the spotlight is our central defender Jan Vertonghen. The Belgian international has been conspicuous on the pitch thanks to his body language while his comments about his future gave little for fans to be positive about.
Back in February, the Express claim Jan was ‘stammering’ as he answered their question as to whether he would stay at the club if they finished outside of the Champions League places.
“Those are always difficult questions,” he said. “I have made no complaints about that. Let’s see after the end of the season and after the World Cup.”
After that, Vertonghen seemed to retract a little suggesting that he would be part of Tottenham’s future but it’s the perceived lack of interest on the pitch that leads to doubt. With injury likely to put an end to his season, it’s being suggested that the defender has played his last game for the club.
Benfica’s Ezequiel Garay is now being touted as a possible replacement but ignoring Monday night’s howler against Sunderland, our own Vlad Chiriches is surely ready to take over. A fit and interested Jan Vertonghen would be our best option for 2014-15 but if the Belgian is on his way, Vlad seems best placed to step in and by all accounts, the Romanian can also switch to left back if required.
What’s your opinion on Vertonghen? Would you like to see him stay and if not, who should the club bring in?