A piece on Jan Vertonghen’s superb performance against Arsenal:
There was one performance that really stood out during Sunday’s North London Derby. The defensive brilliance of Belgian centre half Jan Vertonghen, won the plaudits of many pundits and ex footballers alike. Vertonghen, who was subsequently awarded man of the match, has been one of Pochettino’s best players during Spurs’ phenomenal season. It was quite fitting that on his 200th appearance for the Lillywhites that Vertonghen put in a sensational performance. Now in the peak of his career, having recently turned 30 Vertonghen along with his compatriot Toby Alderweireld have formed the leagues best centre back partnership. The defensive stalwart was incredibly efficient during Sunday’s north London derby he didn’t give the Arsenal forwards a sniff of a chance, it was a defensive performance to savour. However, it was also an impressive attacking performance from the former Ajax man, Vertonghen is renowned for his surging forward runs from the back, and the Belgium international was proactive in front of goal, testing Cech on two occasions. Vertonghen’s game is best crunched down in numbers, which is perfectly explained in the below tweet from Squakwa, which measures his major contribution to the game.
Vertonghen made some crucial interventions, he was slick and tidy, his overall play was testament to the magnificent season his enjoying with Spurs. Vertonghen likes to get stuck in, making accurate sliding challenges, whilst Alderweireld rarely does so opting instead for Maldiniesque interceptions. Vertonghen’s magnificent performances for Spurs over the course of the past two seasons have shown that he has evolved into one of the worlds finest defenders.