Sky Sports pundit Paul Robinson has suggested that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has 'clashed' with Jan Vertonghen.
To the surprise of many, fan favourite Vertonghen has not started a Premier League game for Spurs this season, as questions are being raised as to why he has been left out.
Last season, and during seasons before that, Vertonghen has been a key figure for Pochettino at the back, but it seems that could now be coming to an end.
Speaking to Match Centre on Sky Sports News (21/08/2019 at 10:40 am), Robinson believes something has gone on in the background between Pochettino and Vertonghen.
On Vertonghen: “Well, there's clearly a problem there,” Robinson told Sky Sports News. “There's an issue between him and the manager. There must be some kind of issue.
“The way that he played at the back end of last season, the first leg against Ajax, he was like a warrior, he was like a man possessed. He's an experienced pro, who'll have his opinions in the dressing room, whether he or Pochettino have clashed, I don't know.
“He's not playing through lack of ability because he was an almost ever-present last season when he was fit. There's clearly an issue or clash of personality, or he has said or done something that has upset the manager.”
It remains to be seen whether Vertonghen does return to Spurs' starting XI because he can be a game-changer at the back for the club.
There has been a lot of speculation surrounding the future of a number of Spurs players, with the European transfer window still open.
It is fair to say that everyone associated with Tottenham, will be eager for that window to shut because it will, for the next six months least, end-all transfer talk.
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