Is this Jan Vertonghen’s greatest gift to Tottenham Hotspur?

Jan Vertonghen

Jan Vertonghen recently claimed that he convinced Christian Eriksen to ignore Liverpool’s interest and join him at Tottenham Hotspur last summer.

Jan Vertonghen joined Tottenham Hotspur from Ajax in 2012, but his best gift to the North London club came last summer.

Because last summer the Belgium international convinced Christian Eriksen to join him at Spurs.

"We had good contact when he was still at Ajax and we always kept in touch,” The Daily Star quoted the centre-back as saying earlier this week.

“They [Tottenham] obviously asked me what I thought of him and I was very positive, and I think I did my job to convince him to come here.”

Liverpool were also international in the Denmark international last summer, but it was Vertonghen’s presence at White Hart Lane that convinced Eriksen to move to North London.

And Tottenham have reaped the benefits.

The 22-year-old was Spurs’ best outfield player last season and looked at home in the Premier League, scoring seven goals and creating 68 chances in 25 appearances, while having a shot accuracy of 82% and a shot accuracy of 67%, and winning 44 of the duels.

Eriksen took a while to adapt to manager Mauricio Pochettino’s tactics this season, but he is flying at the moment.

In 17 Premier League matches so far this campaign, the former Ajax star has scored six goals and created 41 chances, while having a pass accuracy of 84% and a shot accuracy of 48%, while winning 53% of the duels.

Eriksen is not yet ‘world class’, but he is certainly one of the best and most creative young attacking midfielders in Europe.

If Tottenham are able to keep hold of him in the coming years, then the youngster could create wonders for the club and lead them to glory.

Vertonghen remains a brilliant defender and one of the best in the Premier League, but his greatest gift to Tottenham was convincing his former Ajax teammate to join him at Spurs last summer.

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