Jan Vertonghen says he is playing at the top of his game as Tottenham go from strength to strength at a crucial stage of the season.

The Belgian has undeniably been Tottenham’s best defender this term with Toby Alderweireld missing much of the campaign through injury.

Even when Alderweireld has been fit, he has often been outshone by his countryman.

What’s more, Vertonghen has formed an impressive partnership with summer signing Davinson Sanchez, helping the Colombian to settle in at the club.

Vergtonghen suffered an ankle injury last month and subsequently missed games against Crystal Palace and Rochdale.

There were fears it could have been a recurrence of the problem that saw him miss longer spells in each of the previous two campaigns.

But the 28-year-old returned to the starting line-up in Saturday’s win over Huddersfield, putting in a fine performance at the back.

“I missed two games and that’s a shame, but I feel very good, I appreciate the fans and it’s good to see that they appreciate me. We’ve known each other for a while now and it’s a good feeling,” Vertonghen told the club’s official website.

“For me, I think it’s going very well, personally and obviously with the team too. I’m in good shape, I think I’ve been on top of my game for a couple of months now and I feel very good.”

Vertonghen’s contract expires at the end of next season – Spurs would be wise to negotiate an extension as soon as possible given the defender’s current form.

Meanwhile, Tottenham are reportedly looking into potential replacements for Alderweireld, who has been linked with a move away from the club.