Jan Vertonghen returned to action for the Under 21s as they edged out Reading earlier this week and while one of the top stories from yesterday’s news round up shows the Belgian with a particularly stern face, the player himself declared that he was happy with the run out.
Vertonghen has been out since limping off in our defeat away to Liverpool and despite this latest comeback, a return to the first team before the end of the campaign isn’t necessarily guaranteed.
“First of all, I’m very happy we won the game, that was important for the lads and we put a lot of effort in,” said Jan.
“I was going to play 75 minutes but the lads were saying ‘only 15 more minutes’ and it was important to win the game, so I stayed on.”
The Belgian defender may have been happy to be back but the cynical amongst us would suggest that this is largely because of World Cup year and a possible relief that he will be fit enough to be on the plane for Brazil. As for his Spurs future, a link with Inter Milan is among many rumours doing the rounds this week but is Jan Vertonghen’s appearance in an Under 21 side a fitting epitaph for his Spurs career or could he yet remain and win us back during the next campaign?