Any Spurs fan watching Belgium in this World Cup would be forgiven for assuming that our own Jan Vertonghen has a twin brother with the same name. They are identical in every way expect for when it comes to playing football.
After an excellent opening season in 2012-13, Jan had a disappointing campaign last year and at times it looked as if he just didn’t want to be at the Lane. Terrible body language, allied to equally terrible performances sparked a host of rumours linking him with a move away from the club.
For Belgium however, he is transformed and seemingly happy enough to maraud up the wing from a left back position that he supposedly detests. In fact, apart from a lack of shooting ability, he’s been almost Bale-like!
On Saturday, Belgium face their toughest test as they take on Argentina in the quarter finals and Vertonghen has identified the obvious threat.
“We will stop Messi as a team. We won’t put one player on him, that’s not our style and he is too good to do that,” he said.
“He is not the only danger but obviously he is one of the best players in the world, maybe the best, but we are strong enough to keep him quiet.”
Jan will be part of the defence assigned to stop Messi but he will be equally important coming forward. The question for Spurs fans is, which Jan Vertonghen will show up?