Jan Vertonghen is just as important as Gareth Bale

Jan Vertonghen has been one of Tottenham’s most consistent players so far this season.

No one would take any bit of the attention and praise away from Spurs winger Gareth Bale but Spurs’ success this season isn’t all about the Welsh winger.

There have been several other players who deserve massive praise for the way they have been playing and none more so than Jan Vertonghen, in his first season as a Premier League player.

All of the talk is about the Bale effect and how the Welshman has been driving the side forward and could be sold for tens of millions this summer, but the Belgian defender has been doing some very good work of his own.

Vertonghen has been an ever present in the side since he joined from Ajax last summer, in fact he’s only played one league game less than Bale in total this season.

Of course it’s the other end of the spectrum and a different area of the side but Spurs’ defence has only conceded one more league goal this season than current league leaders, Manchester United.

Therefore, it’s only reasonable to suggest that if the side had one or two more prolific strikers in the team, they could well be pushing Manchester United and Manchester City at the top of the table.

Before Vertonghen arrived, William Gallas was the leader in the back four at the age of 35-years-old. He’s now been surpassed by someone who is a decade younger and is arguably much more effective.

The other striking feature of the way Vertonghen has been playing is the way he can seamlessly switch between positions in the back four.

He looks equally comfortable in any role although his best position has to be at the centre of the Spurs defence. This versatility means he is virtually guaranteed games and it provides Andre Villas-Boas with more options.

Vertonghen looks like the tough, physically imposing sort of defender the club is going to need as their Champions League adventure is likely to start again next season.

It also wouldn’t be a surprise to see him wearing the captain’s arm band for years when he first receives it on a regular basis.

How important do you think Vertonghen has been to Tottenham?

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