Jan Vertonghen reveals he used to prefer playing in midfield

Jan Vertonghen

The Tottenham centre-half has stated that playing in the boiler room was his previous preference but he is now comfortable at the back.

Versatile Tottenham star Jan Vertonghen has admitted to The London Evening Standard that he used to prefer playing in midfield but now feels that his best position is as a central defender.

The Belgium international’s ability on the ball has seen him play as a full-back and in midfield in the past, but he is used predominantly as a centre-half by Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane.

Vertonghen has struck up a partnership with international compatriot and former Ajax team-mate Toby Alderweireld, with the Belgian pair now first choice central defenders at the North London club.

The 28-year-old has spoken out about his ability to play in other positions and confessed that he used to prefer to operate in midfield.

"I was a left back, a centre back, a midfielder; I'm still a left back with the national team. I played everywhere,” Vertonghen is quoted as saying by The London Evening Standard.

"I think overall my favourite position was - in Belgium we call it the number six, I think here it's number four - just in front of the defence. That used to be my favourite position.

"Centre back; I think that's my best position at the moment. That's where I developed myself as a player at Ajax and where I became the player that I am now.”

Tottenham have had an underwhelming start to the new season, picking up only three points from their first four games.

Having relinquished leads against Stoke and Leicester, and failing to break down Everton yesterday, the Tottenham faithful will be slightly concerned over what the season will hold.

Although Spurs could not find the winning goal against Roberto Martinez’s men, one positive will be the recording of the team’s first clean sheet of the season in the 0-0 draw.

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