Having been widely criticised for his terrible body language at the tail end of 2013-14, rumours of Jan Vertonghen leaving Spurs in January continue to circulate as he struggles to command a place in the team.

Overlooked for the club captaincy in favour of Younes Kaboul, the Belgian has been behind Federico Fazio in the queue for a starting berth in the league. You’d expect him therefore to be keeping a low profile but in the wake of last weekend’s defeat at home to Stoke, Jan has given his thoughts on what is going wrong.

“It’s not good enough, but we are working hard to get to where we want to be,” Vertonghen said. “We want to be in the top four. We are looking for our best form.

“At the start of the season there were seven or eight teams wanting top four, and two or three will be disappointed. I hope it’s not us. I am confident we can finish in the top four.

“After this week we need to talk. Belief is still there. Hopefully we can be honest with each other, and turn things around.”

Predictable words from a regular first teamer maybe and if Tottenham are to recover and threaten those Champions League places, should Jan Vertonghen be one of the first names on the team sheet?

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