Jan Vertonghen betters reported Tottenham Hotspur target Angelo Ogbonna in five key categories

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Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Juventus centre-back Angelo Ogbonna.

According to the latest reports from Italian newspaper Tuttomercato, Tottenham Hotspur are interesting in bringing in out of favour Juventus defender Angelo Ogbonna.

The 27-year-old started 18 Serie A matches for the Italian champions last season, clearly not enough to constitute a significant tally in the eyes of both the club and the player.

Spurs have recently purchased Kevin Wimmer and have three other capable centre-backs in Federico Fazio, Eric Dier and Belgian international Jan Vertonghen.

While many may feel Spurs need extra bodies at the back, largely owing to the 53 league goals conceded last season, they need to be sure that any new arrival is better than what they already have.

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per GameEffective Clearances per GameAerial Winners per GameFouls per GamePass Success % per GameAppearances
Jan Vertonghen 1.34 2.19 7 2.78 0.63 85.1% 32
Angelo Ogbonna 1.2 1.4 3.3 1.8 0.7 89.4% 25

As per the table above, from a statistical standpoint it’s difficult to see why Spurs would have any interest in Ogbonna as evidently he isn’t as effective as those already at White Hart Lane.

Belgian international Vertonghen betters the Italian defender in as many as five key categories, such as the average number of tackles, interceptions and clearances per league encounter.

Moreover, in what was an Achilles heel for Spurs last season, Vertonghen averages fewer fouls than his Italian counterpart per league match, though the latter is marginally better in possession.

Coming from the Turin-based outfit, Ogbonna isn’t likely to be happy for a moderate wage or a place on the bench, therefore boss Mauricio Pochettino should ideally steer clear in this case.

However, the Argentine coach seems to be actively seeking to bolster his defensive ranks and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see at least one more centre-back arrive at White Hart Lane this summer.

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