Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen has improved in all important defensive areas from last season

Jan Vertonghen

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has seen a large improvement from last season.

Vertonghen is something of a hero at White Hart Lane, and in his first year at the club - the 2012/13 season - he proved why the club moved to sign him.

Solid defensively, but with a keen desire to push high up the field and show off his ball-playing skills, Vertonghen was the ultimate modern-day centre-back.

However, he has struggled since that campaign, falling off his form in the 2013/14 campaign, and once again failing to reach his former heights last term.

Yet, it now appears as if the 28-year-old defender is returning back to his best, with displays of excellence in the back-line showing a major improvement from last season.

Statistically, this is the best season Vertonghen has enjoyed since his debut campaign in England, and he has shown an improvement in every defensive area from last season.

  SeasonTackles per GameClearances per GameInterceptions per GameBlocks per Game
Jan Vertonghen 2015-2016 1.9 6.9 2.7 0.7
Jan Vertonghen 2014-2015 1.6 6.8 2.2 0.6

He makes more tackles, interceptions and clearances than last season, whilst also making more blocks and being dribbled past fewer times than he was last term.

The only area in which he falters is aerial duels, when he won 2.8 headers per game in relation to this season’s tally of 2.3, although Vertonghen’s defensive play is not based upon his strength in the air.

Vertonghen is looking much more assured this season than he has before under Mauricio Pochettino, and if he continues to perform as he has been, the defender will surely finish the campaign in the knowledge that it was his best season at White Hart Lane.

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