Report: Tottenham Hotspur star Jan Vertonghen 'not happy' to be dropped

Jan Vertonghen and Michel Vorm of Tottenham Hotspur look dejected after conceding the equalising goal during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between FC Internazionale and...

Tottenham star was reportedly left out for tactical reason.

Jan Vertonghen and Michel Vorm of Tottenham Hotspur look dejected after conceding the equalising goal during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between FC Internazionale and...

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen is 'not happy' after being left out of the opening day starting line up, report The Times.

Vertonghen did not even make the bench for Tottenham's game at home to Aston Villa.

Mauricio Pochettino chose to start with Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez.

 

The Times reports Pochettino left Vertonghen out for 'tactical reasons'.

It is suggested Pochettino wanted attackers on the bench rather than defenders, with Eric Dier's versatility making him capable of filling in at centre-back if required.

Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur looks dejected after Manchester City's fifth goal before it is later disallowed during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between...

The background to this is Vertonghen not signing a new contract, his current deal set to expire in a year.

But Christian Eriksen is in the same boat, and he was on the bench, and came on to help Tottenham earn a 3-1 win.

Tottenham's next game is away at Manchester City, and it will be interesting to see if Vertonghen is recalled to the squad.

Jan Vertonghen of Spurs in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton and Hove Albion at Wembley Stadium on December 13, 2017 in London, England.

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