|Taken from The Lion’s Pitch|
As the season came to it’s exciting pinnacle on Sunday the new season got into full swing: silly season. Stories, rubbish, paper talk, rumours, player talk, speculation, agent talk, and Twitter rumours are the specialty of the day, here: “Tottenham plan swoop for Cavani, Goetze and Lavezzi”..”Venky’s put in an audacious bid for Brazilian Ronaldo not knowing he’s retired..”. Some stories are far fetched while others are closer to the mark; they’re all fun to read, though, and get us through the long summer till the Premier League starts again.
Chelsea and Arsenal, so far, have already started recruiting for next summer in Marko Marin and Lukas Poldolski respectively. With the rest of the Premiership playing catch up, Tottenham, have looked to conclude their first signing of the summer.
Belgian defender, Jan Vertonghen was quite highly sought after with Arsenal and Newcastle expressing their interest. But it looks as though Spurs have won the race for his signature, however, after Vertonghen said, “Tottenham are my absolute favourites”.
Guest of chairman, Daniel Levy’s against Fulham on the last day of the season he was given a tour of the new training complex and was rumoured to be impressed with the support and ambition of the club.
Vertonghen, a graduate of Ajax’s famed youth academy, is a full time Belgium International and at just 25 has already won 36 caps. With two international goals to his name, he already has more goals for Belgium than the much coveted Eden Hazard!
A centre back by trade, he plays for Belgium on the left due to the ever-blossoming partnership of ex-Ajax colleague and Arsenal defender, Thomas Vermaelen and Manchester City stalwart, Vincent Kompany.
|Taken from IB Times|
Ever-present at the heart of defence for Ajax, the club captain and this year’s Eredivisie Player of the Year, helped his club keep hold of the title conceding 36 goals in the process. Known for his technique and ability to bring the ball out of defence he is often the man who starts attacks as well as chipping in with goals – eight goals in 36 appearances.
His size, meanwhile, means he is a potent set-piece force – both attacking and defending – and his able to dominate aerially. His performance in both legs of the Europa Leg tie against Manchester United probably gave English viewers their first chance at seeing him. His composure on the ball and defensive dominance singled him out for praise.
His versatility will be an asset to Tottenham, often lacking this season at certain times, he could play left back instead of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, or central defence alongside the ever-impressive Younes Kaboul.
If the latter, he could develop a real understanding with his fellow central defender for years to come, and with on-loan defender Steven Caulker also coming back to White Hart Lane, Tottenham will have a very youthful and impressive back line
He seems to want to play at the heart of defence, however, and choosing Tottenham over other teams, seems as though he has received some sort of guarantee of playing there. With the ageing William Gallas and Ryan Nelsen, and the injury-prone Ledley King, this could be exactly where his Tottenham career will progress.
Tottenham fans, rest assured, you are signing a very capable and classy defender that will be the backbone of your defence for years to come.
Written by William Hold
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