Martin Jol has suggested to The Gulf News that he played an important role in the development of Tottenham Hotspur defenders Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.
Alderweireld and Vertonghen are two of their best defenders in the Premier League and were in superb form this past season.
Jol, who was in charge of Tottenham from 2004 until 2007, worked with the two centre-backs at Dutch giants Ajax.
The former Fulham manager has outlined his contribution to the development of the two Belgium internationals.
“They’ve got Jan Vertonghen who was my player and I put him in defence for the first time at Ajax, because before that he was a midfielder,” Jol told The Gulf News.
“And I put Toby Alderweireld in when he was just 18-years-old. I know both of them and they have a great future with Spurs.”
Alderweireld scored four goals and created 10 chances in 38 Premier League appearances for Tottenham this past season.
The former Atletico Madrid defender had a pass accuracy of 80% and a shot accuracy of 41%, and won 59 headers, seven dribbles and 32 tackles.
Vertonghen created six chances in 29 league matches for Spurs during the 2015-16 campaign.
The 29-year-old had a pass accuracy of 88% and a shot accuracy of 29%, and won 52 headers, 13 dribbles and 36 tackles.