Jermaine Jenas identifies Tottenham duo as the perfect pairing
By Harvey Byrne
BBC pundit Jermaine Jenas has identified Tottenham duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen as the “perfect pairing”.
The Belgian duo have built up an incredible partnership at the back since Alderweireld made the move to Spurs in the summer of 2015.
They have formed a formidable pairing and former Spurs man Jenas believes that where Alderweireld is right-footed and Vertonghen is left, the two players are perfect are perfect for each other.
“They’re a good size, as well aren’t they,” started Jenas speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live on Friday evening.
“They’re not obviously huge where you’re thinking that no-ones winning a header, but because they’ve got such athleticism anything in the air doesn’t trouble them, as well as those small nippy players.
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“For me I think a big part of it is balance with Jan being left footed and Toby being right footed.
“When I was a midfielder, me hitting a diagonal ball from right to left felt so much easier than the opposite to the left to right one because it always had a bit more fade on it, so for a left footer for Jan you see himself doing it all the time. He just knocks it out of his feet and then bang, it’s up to the right wing.
“Just little things like that, like I was speaking to you earlier Fletch (Darren Fletcher), I mean Ledley (King) you probably played on both sides throughout your career and to be honest with you I don’t know what foot you were, even playing with you after all these years I still don’t know what foot you were, but when the crosses are coming in from the right hand side, obviously if you are a right footed player. I think we saw Gary Cahill scoring an own goal recently. The natural thing, Smalling does it all the time, is to stick your right foot out because it’s the one you trust.
“Whereas Spurs have got it sussed because they’ve got a right footer and a left footer and I think all of these little things put together makes them the perfect pairing.”
'Alderweireld & Vertonghen don't have obvious weaknesses'
— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) December 16, 2016
Tottenham currently boast the joint best defensive record in the Premier League with just 11 goals conceded from their 16 matches.
However, they are sat in fifth place with the worst goals for record out of the entirety of the top five teams.
A lack of final ball has prevented Spurs from having a higher placing, but they have seemingly improved going forwards in recent matches and barring a 1-0 defeat suffered against Manchester United they have scored 11 goals in their last four matches.
They will now be looking to stick a few more goals past a Burnley side sat in 13th place at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
In other Tottenham news, Stan Collymore has predicted Spurs’ clash against Burnley.