The Belgium international will come up against the pair this weekend when Mauricio Pochettino’s side take on Sunderland, and it will be a match both sides are desperate to win.
Neither Tottenham nor Sunderland have won a match so far this season with the Black Cats currently bottom of the table on two points and Spurs just one point better off.
Kaboul will be hoping to keep Tottenham’s forwards at bay while Defoe will have an eye on scoring against his former side, but Vertonghen is hoping for only one outcome despite having kind words for the ex-Spurs men.
“It’ll be good to see them,” the centre-back told tottenhamhotspur.com. “They’re very good guys, good players and both of them had good spells at Tottenham, but of course we’re going there to win so that’s always the priority for us.”
Vertonghen’s comment about Kaboul in particular is interesting because while the Frenchman had a great time under former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp his later years in North London were far less successful.
Two years of injuries and poor performances ultimately saw him leave for the Stadium of Light and he will be hoping to get the better of his former manager when the two meet on Sunday.