By Tom Blackburn
Jan Vertonghen has revealed that Tottenham’s target is a top-four league finish as he admitted their rivals look “very good” after their extensive summer recruitment.
Spurs finished third in 2015-16 after an end-of-season collapse but have made only new senior signings in Vincent Janssen and Victor Wanyama.
By contrast, their rivals like Liverpool, Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs have spent heavily
Spurs started their campaign with a 1-1 draw against Everton at Goodison Park after coming from a goal down thanks to an Erik Lamela header.
Vertonghen, 28, believes that Tottenham can improve on their performances in the 2015-16 campaign, but stopped short of claiming the title is within reach.
“I believe so,” Vertonghen said when asked if Spurs can better their 2015-16 success, as quoted by ESPN FC. “I think we are stronger than last season, so I think we can.
“We learned a lot from last season. We are physically stronger, everyone is a year older. We were a young team so that’s good for us. We have made two good signings [Vincent Janssen and Victor Wanyama] to help the team.
“I think teams look at us in a different way now. We had a very good season last season and people know we can do it now. Our aim is top four and whatever is better is better.
“The big teams made some great signings, changed managers and look very good. It will be a very interesting league this year.”
The centre-half is alluding to the arrival of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola to Man United and Man City respectively, with the former completing the signings of big name stars Paul Pogba and Zlatan Imbrahimovic.
Vertonghen returned from an injury he sustained with Belgium at Euro 2016 to play against Everton, lining up alongside fellow countryman Toby Alderweireld in the heart of defence.
The 28-year-old missed three months of the 2015-16 season after damaging his knee ligaments in January and, although Spurs coped well in his absence, Mauricio Pochettino demonstrated his faith in the centre-back by immediately reinstating him in the team when he was fit.
Vertonghen is one of only three senior centre-backs at the club, along with countryman Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer, and the north Londoners were already in the market for a new defender as they don’t want to rely on Eric Dier to cover from midfield.
Centre-back Federico Fazio was joined Roma from the club on a loan-to-buy deal at the start of August.
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