Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen does not seem to be too impressed with manager Mauricio Pochettino’s rotation policy.
The Belgium international has made it clear that he wants to play more often and wants to be given a permanent spot in defence.
“I want to play every game but this manager, Pochettino, has a different approach, he likes to give everyone the time to play and settle in,” The Daily Mail quotes Vertonghen as saying
“Hopefully one day I can play 60 games a season again, but at the moment, that is not the case. My season has been ups and downs like Tottenham itself.
“I started the season with an injury after the World Cup. I came into the team in the second or third game and then I got dropped again.
“Compared to the other two seasons at Spurs, we now have similar quality centre-backs. (Younes) Kaboul is now fit and he is our captain. They bought Fazio and he is an Argentina international and (Vlad) Chiriches is the Romanian captain.”
Vertonghen understands why he has not been played regularly this campaign, but it is not something that Pochettino will be - or should be - too concerned about.
Tottenham have depth in central defence, which means that the manager has more options. Ideally, this means that when a player does not play well, then someone else steps in.
This is what has happened at Spurs so far this season - to some extent anyway. What Vertonghen needs to do now is step up his game and play to the best of his ability.
Many Tottenham fans have suggested that Vertonghen has not always done his best in recent matches and has lacked motivation.
That may not necessarily be the case, but the former Ajax certainly needs to perform better.