Tottenham news: Vertonghen assesses Spurs centre-back qualities

By Danny Wright

2nd Dec, 2017 | 9:20am

Vertonghen makes admission about differences in Tottenham defender options after injury blow

Jan Vertonghen has admitted that there are major differences between Tottenham’s centre-back options.

Vertonghen, 30, has been part of a back three for most of the season with Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez, but the former Southampton ace has recently suffered an injury blow that has already seen him miss a month of action.

That has led to Mauricio Pochettino changing tactics to adapt to missing Alderweireld, 28, with summer signing Sanchez, 21, becoming Vertonghen’s sole partner in a back four.

Although Vertonghen admits that the two centre-backs are quality players, he has stated that there is a distinct set of differences between the two.

“Very good defenders in my opinion, but different,” he said, as quoted by Sky Sports. “Toby is very good at anticipation and reading the line and the space behind a defence. And Davinson is very strong man to man, has a lot of pace and is strong in the air.

“I do not want to say the other one does not have that quality, and they are very good defenders in a different way.”

Tottenham have suffered for form ever since Alderweireld suffered a hamstring injury in the Champions League win against Real Madrid at the start of November.

They have won just one of four Premier League games since, including losses to Arsenal and Leicester as well as a draw with the then-managerless West Brom at Wembley.

Vertonghen has come in for some criticism for his performances in that run of games, but he has remained a mainstay of Pochettino’s set-up this season, making 19 appearances across all competitions, starting every single game in the Premier League.

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