Why Pochettino and Levy must not sell Jan Vertonghen in January

Romelu Lukaku and Jan Vertonghen Belgium

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy cannot make the mistake of selling Jan Vertonghen to Liverpool.

Jan Vertonghen. The perfect demonstration of everything Tottenham Hotspur.

On one day, he can look like the world class defender he’s always had the potential to be but on others, he can be infuriating, seemingly more concerned with his future and Champions League football than driving Spurs forward.

Some fans will hold the belief that the club should get rid if he’s not fully committed to the cause, with Liverpool among the sides reportedly interested in trying to do a deal for him.

However, there are plenty of reasons why Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy should avoid making that error.

Liverpool are a direct rival to Tottenham in more ways than one.

Domestically, they are likely to be competing for similar positions in the Premier League this season so it doesn’t make sense for Tottenham to strengthen them.

They’re also arguably competing for the same sort of player in the transfer market in January.

Liverpool flexed their muscles and made some big signings last summer, but that was off the back of securing Champions League football, which they can’t boast over the second half of the season.

It’s also a potential decision, which doesn’t make sense because of the cover and balance Vertonghen provides to the Tottenham defence.

He’s an experienced left sided centre half and there aren’t too many doing the rounds in the transfer market at the moment, which would make him difficult to replace.

He also has that ability to play at left-back although most Tottenham fans will remember his thoughts under playing there nearer the start of his career with the club.

Levy is a businessman and he could get a good fee for the Belgian but ultimately, Tottenham stand a better chance of becoming, consolidating as and remaining a top four team with Vertonghen rather than without him.

Time to give him what he wants to stay beyond 2018 Mr Chairman.

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