Jan Vertonghen has performed above average in several key areas this season.
Jan Vertonghen cited Tottenham’s inconsistent start to the season as the reason for a breakdown in renewed contract talks at the start of the season.
The Belgian has made it clear in the past that he wants to be playing in the Champions League so consistency is the key after the international break and he can certainly help with that.
In six key areas related to defenders, Vertonghen has been above average so far this season despite making a lower than average number of appearances.
|Numbers per game||Position||Team||Fouls||Dispossessed||Head Pass||Aerial Won||Effective Clearance||Offside Provoked||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Premier League Average||-||-||0.83||0.8||2.33||1.2||2.12||0.11||4.66||332.47|
The two stats which jump out of the page are the number of effective clearances he’s making in the Premier League and the number of offsides he’s provoking from the opposition.
The clearances stat suggests he’s making basic, no nonsense decisions under pressure which helps the side clear danger quickly, which allows the team to reorganise as a result.
The number of offsides provoked shows he has a good understanding in terms of positional play and when to step up as an opposition forward gets a little too keen to race in behind.
The other standout stat to appear from this list is the number of times Vertonghen is dispossessed on average which is significantly lower than the Premier League average.
He protects the ball well at the back and passes effectively whether it’s with his goalkeeper and fellow defence or if he’s moving the ball forward.
The top four is the aim and Vertonghen’s consistency across key areas this season will help them get there.