Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas does like to shuffle his defence around but it was a great surprise to see Belgian international Jan Vertonghen on the bench prior to the Sunderland match. It’s undoubtedly a busy schedule right now but ultimately there was no harm done as our best defender sat out the 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light.
Vertonghen has been a revelation at Tottenham and his assured performances in the centre, and at left back have led fellow Belgian Moussa Dembele to talk about Jan and the club captaincy.
“His performances earn much respect for him,” Dembele told the Belgian press.
“As we walk down the street our fans come over as say he should be the captain.”
The player himself is cool on the subject and has been more vocal in recent times about his position in the defence. Jan has covered admirably for BAE on the left but sees his future in the centre.
“I prefer centre-back but I want to help the team,” he said.
“It would be good to have Benoit back but not only for that reason as he is one of the best left-backs in the league.”
Jan was quieter on the captaincy issue but would you give him the armband on a long term basis?