By Dominic Toner
Jan Vertonghen believes he had a good match for Tottenham as he was asked to play left-back against Sunderland.
The Belgian defender, who operates as a full-back in the national side, has established a solid partnership with compatriot Toby Alderweireld in the heart of the Spurs defence.
The 29-year-old is most comfortable as a centre-back and has been used in that position since his arrival in 2012 from Ajax.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino decided to drop midfielder Eric Dier into the defence for the club’s 1-0 win against Sunderland on Sunday, meaning Vertonghen was pushed into the full-back position.
An injury to first-choice left-back Danny Rose has seen his understudy Ben Davies enjoy a spell of games in the side but Pochettino decided to rotate his team for the Premier League fixture.
Vertonghen has revealed that he is comfortable of playing multiple defensive roles and believes he produced a solid display at left-back.
“Obviously I’m used to playing on the left with the Belgium team,” he told the club’s website. “I do the job wherever the gaffer asks me to and I think it was a good game for me, defensively I played well and I felt like I got some good crosses in, so it was good.”
Vertonghen has been a crucial player since his arrival at White Hart Lane and has made 168 appearances.
The defender helped Spurs to finish third in the league last season and is expected to play a major role in the club’s Champions League adventure.
Spurs suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Monaco in their opening group game but will be hoping to bounce back when they face CSKA Moscow.
The busy fixture list of both European and domestic competitions could mean that Vertonghen is asked to play left-back again at some point in the season.
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