Wimmer, Davies or third option? Tottenham fans tell Poch how to replace Vertonghen during lay-off
By Harry Sykes
Jan Vertonghen is facing two months on the sidelines – and Tottenham fans on Twitter have claimed there are three main replacements for the key defender.
The Belgium international has suffered ankle ligament damage that is expected to keep him out until mid-March in a major blow to Spurs’ title ambitions.
Vertonghen admitted on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday that he is “gutted’ to be out for so long but promised to be back “as soon as I can”.
Thanks to everyone for your kind messages. Gutted to be injured but will be back as soon as I can ? #COYS
— Jan Vertonghen (@JanVertonghen) January 17, 2017
It has been widely reported after Spurs received the results of Vertonghen’s ankle scan on Tuesday that the player will miss two months of action.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino is not expected to dip into the January transfer market to replace the 29-year-old and is set to home in on in-house solutions.
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Supporters believe left-back Ben Davies and centre-back duo Kevin Wimmer and Cameron Carter-Vickers represent the three main options to replace Vertonghen in the three-man backline that has paid such dividends in recent week.
Kevin Wimmer is a natural centre-back and might appear the more obvious replacement but some Spurs followers believe Davies, who the Sun claim is a £20million target for Manchester City, would be a better choice after the form he showed in a three-man defence for Wales at Euro 2016.
The other possibility mentioned by the White Hart Lane faithful is teenage centre-back Carter-Vickers, who is only 18 but tipped to have a big future by fans.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Losing Jan for at least 2 months is a blow, but in Kevin Wimmer we have the ideal replacement. Ben Davies can also play in a back 3. #COYS
— Chris Duncan (@coach_chris83) January 17, 2017
— Ben Boorman (@benboorman21) January 17, 2017
— Ricky Sacks (@RickSpur) January 17, 2017
— Luke Richards (@ltjrichards) January 17, 2017
Vertonghen got injured at a similar time last year and Wimmer came in and did a job. Got to believe he can do it again #COYS
— Sebastian (@Sebastian__4) January 17, 2017
— Phill O’Donnell (@TheFootofHod) January 17, 2017
— Dave Ellis (@fullback03) January 17, 2017
— Dan Tracey (@dantracey1983) January 17, 2017
Vertonghen will not be an easy player to replace as he has been in the team from the start for 20 of Spurs’ 21 league matches this season.
Tottenham, who climbed to second after Saturday’s 4-0 win against West Brom, have conceded just 14 Premier League goals, the best record in the top flight.
In other Tottenham news, a striker has signed after Spurs agreed terms.