Jan Vertonghen speaks to Belgian media, addresses Tottenham's poor start

Jan Vertonghen

Jan Vertonghen is confident Tottenham will rise up the Premier League table.

Jan Vertonghen is not discouraged by Tottenham's poor start to the season.

Four games in the club are without a win, sitting in 16th place with just three goals scored.

The centre-back featured as Spurs kept their first clean sheet of the season at the weekend against Everton in a 0-0 draw, and believes the club are on the right track.

Speaking to Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblade, Vertonghen said English football is more competitive than ever.

He said: "We have had a moderate start to the season, but not because of our quality.

"We will rise very fast in the rankings, but the level of the Premier League has still increased.

"We are always talking about four or five top teams, but take it from me: even those others are not so easy to beat."

Spurs have found that out already this season with draws against Leicester City and Stoke City, but they are not the only teams to suffer setbacks.

Manchester United were beaten by Swansea at the weekend and Chelsea by Crystal Palace, while Arsenal and Liverpool have both suffered defeats to West Ham.

Vertonghen added that he is happy in London, stating: "Apart from the sun, I'll not want for anything at Tottenham, I am satisfied that I can stay there."

Positivity like Vertonghen's is what the team need to avoid getting wrapped up in their slow start, and with new signings Clinton N'Jie and Heung-Min Son still to make their debuts, a very different Tottenham could emerge after the international break.

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