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Contracts and players situations at Spurs

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Contracts and players situations at Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino will sit down with all the Spurs players individually

Having discussed the Danny Rose situation, I thought it might be a good idea to talk about the contract situation in general.

First though, a reminder that under THBN Articles - Further Reading you can find stories on several players from the squad, discussing their situation and you'll find Popular Posts on the right-hand side.

There is plenty to delve into and enjoy.

OK, contracts, let's have a look at when they end. All contracts finish on 30 June and a new season starts on 1 July.

Tottenham Contracts

2025 Tanguy Ndombele
2024 Harry Kane, Davinson Sánchez, Dele Alli, Ben Davies, Harry Winks. 
2023 Heung-min Son, Lucas Moura, Kyle Walker-Peters, Jack Clarke 
2022 Erik Lamela, Hugo Lloris, Juan Foyth, Paulo Gazzaniga, Serge Aurier, Kieran Trippier. 
2021 Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko, Victor Wanyama, Danny Rose, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Josh Onomah, Georges-Kévin N'koudou, Oliver Skipp, Luke Amos 
2020 Christian Eriksen, Victor Janssen, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Marcus Edwards

Remember this is the 2019/20 season, so we have four players whose contracts expire at the end of the season, Christian Eriksen, Vincent Janssen, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, and Marcus Edwards.

Christian Eriksen wants to join Real Madrid, but we rate him higher than Real Madrid do, where he would be just another player. That means we are apart on valuations and that is still the major stumbling block to a deal.

We have discussed with and offered the Dane a new deal. Pochettino will sit down and discuss the situation with him and the club will discuss with his agent the next step for him. He could still stay, even though he has told the club he won't sign a new contract.

His agent is trying to apply pressure to us to lower his asking price but it isn't in our best interests to do so, we need to strengthen the squad and we need money to do it. We have around £150 million we are spending on players already, plus the Jack Clarke fee. The net spend figure needs to be lowered.

Vincent Janssen will only raise £6m (m - $m) which is the figure it would cost to keep him and if we can't sell him then we will want £2m I suspect as a loan fee.

Jan Vetonghen will be leaving next summer and Toby Alderweireld will either run down the final year of his contract and leave, sign a new 2-year deal (looking unlikely) or leave this summer, in which case we would want to buy Joachim Andersen as his replacement.

Marcus Edwards has been out on a successful loan spell and will have to prove to Pochettino in pre-season that he should be a part of Spurs future and thus be offered a new contract.

Until a new contract is signed he has to be available for other clubs to make offers, that doesn't mean he is actually on a transfer list as reported in the Daily Mail. Pochettino has yet to sit down with him and discuss the coming season.

Players with only a year left on their contracts lose value and there is always the danger of them leaving for free, which a club can't allow to happen too often, money isn't endless.

Thus players with two years left on their contract are at the point where they either sign a new deal or the club look to sell them. That is general in football, it is protection for the club and it protects the player's transfer value for the club.

If you look at who has two years remaining, Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko, Victor Wanyama, Danny Rose, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Josh Onomah, Georges-Kévin N'koudou, Oliver Skipp, and Luke Amos, most are available for sale.

Harry Winks and Ben Davies have signed new contracts and they won't be the last players to sign new deals. Those Pochettino wants to keep will be offered extensions, like Danny Rose, but whether they sign them or not is another matter.

Anyone with two years remaining on their contract is, therefore, a player we will listen to offers for. Oliver Skipp can be excluded from that as he is a youngster progressing and he'll be with the first team squad again this season.

Luje Amos has been out for a long time with injury and has gone on loan to QPR for game time so will be assessed at the end of the season. Moussa Sissoko had his best season with the club and looks set to be offered a contract extension. That's my opinion though, rather than knowledge as Pochettino hasn't had his meeting with him yet.

Eric Dier we will listen to offers to and he will have to raise his game this season or his long-term future at the club may be in jeopardy next summer.

Victor Wanyama is available for sale, but whether we get a suitable offer for him is another matter. He could be gone, he could still be here come the close of the window.

We have to always be mindful of moving non-homegrown players on so we can bring new ones in. We can only name and play 17 in a Premier League squad. The details of that situation can be found in this post: Why Spurs Can't Sign Anyone.

Cameron Carter-Vickers, Josh Onomah, and Georges-Kévin N'koudou are all available for sale. A Championship club does have an agreement for Josh Onomah but I'd expect him to wait and see what other offers come in.

It is those players waiting to sort their futures that delay us going out and buying players other than the key men we are securing right now. We need to know what we have coming in to know what we can spend.

Of those with three years left on their contracts, Erik Lamela, Hugo Lloris, Juan Foyth, Paulo Gazzaniga, Serge Aurier, Kieran Trippier, three, possibly four we will listen to offers for.

Kieran Trippier we would like to replace, that will mean Serge Aurier staying, we won't move both right-backs in the same window, but we will listen to offers for both. We will also listen to offers for Erik Lamela although he is determined to stay at the club so it is a big year for him to prove himself. He has only had just over a season of decent form in a Spurs shirt.

Juan Foyth has had a brilliant Coppa America for Argentina and is bound to be offered a new contract and Hugo Lloris will undoubtedly be offered a deal as well.

That leaves our number two Paulo Gazzaniga. We are looking at English goalkeepers, both 33-year-old (34 next April) Tom Heaton and 27-year-old (28 next April) Nick Pope have been mentioned before. Both are on the books at Burnley and but Heaton only has a year left on his contract while Pope signed a new deal until 2023 with a one-year extension option on 24t May.

We are considering them and I would have thought they would be the third choice as opposed to replacing Paulo Gazzaniga. However, we have two goalkeepers who are non-homegrown and one of them doesn't play in the Premier League very often so it is possible we would look at having a homegrown backup keeper and letting Gazzaniga leave.

I don't know the situation there or whether Poch has decided 20-year-old (21 in October) Alfie Whiteman isn't up to the task of being the third choice. I guess that is another decision for pre-season.

Hopefully, that has clarified why you see stories in the press of transfer-listed players and players we will listen to offers to.

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Alderweireld replacement, Vertonghen on crutches

8:15 am

Toby Alderweireld is wanted by Juventus and Jan Vertonghen has suffered an ankle injury


Juventus are interested in signing Toby Alderweireld this summer and he may well be interested with the almost guarantee of Italian titles and domestic cups.

Spurs have been looking at a number of players, possibly with Jochim Andersen of Sampdoria top of the list. We have also been scouting 22-year-old (23 in July) Garmany Under-21 international and Freiburg central defender Robin Koch.

Jan Vertonghen has picked up an ankle injury. The Belgian centre-back didn't come out to celebrate with the fans after the game. He suffered the injury during the first half. The final is on the 1st June so he has 3 weeks to recover.

Vertonghen left the Johan Cruijff Arena through a back gate with the right foot in a protective brace and on crutches. VTM News managed to take a picture. “Tomorrow we will know if I will be fit for the final, but the first tests were not bad," Vertonghen admitted.

"I got a slap in the first half, My ankle is completely swollen. I played on adrenaline in the second half, but I couldn't stand on my ankle after that. Tomorrow a scan is planned and then I will do more, but the injury is not a consequence of the afterparty, no. Whether I will get fit in time for the final we will know that tomorrow. But the first tests were not bad today. I have hope. It is still 3.5 weeks. "


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Vertonghen to miss only one game

8:00 pm


As the picture above shows Jab Vertonghen caught the Borussia Dortmund player, Mario Gotze, with his hand, he didn't elbow him as some daft websites are suggesting. Even the Dortmund Twitter account thought it was a wrong decision and it highlights how some players try to get other players sent off by grossly overreacting.

He remained on the floor holding his mouth as if he had damaged his teeth, not had a glance from some fingers. It really is a joke these days with no tackling and players feigning injury all the time. Half of them seem incapable of standing on their own two feet, the merest touch and they fall over gesticulating for a foul.

Red card for Jan Vertonghen. It's not really a good decision but I guess it's the second worst decision made by the officials today?

Vertonghen has had an unreal game. He's been everywhere....think he even gave the builders at the lane a hand at some stage

Perhaps he caught him harder than we realise as the Dortmund manager Peter Bosz has been quoted by German daily newspaper Bild as saying Gotze needs to see a dentist.

“He has problems with his teeth and will go to the doctor. That doesn’t look so good. Not all the teeth are in the right place. It hurts even when talking about it.”

Nothing that can’t be fixed again..What really hurts was the defeat against Coming back even stronger 💪🏽

Clearly this is a recurring problem.

Verts had a superb game and has been Alderweireld's equal. Fortunately he will only miss one game after UEFA confirmed he received 2 yellow cards and not the straight red shown.

Dortmund were a real danger going forward and completed 643 passes during the game. That is the most conceded by any Pochettino selected Spurs side. The defence had to be sound and we stood firm after weathering the storm in the first half. 


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Consistency sees Vertonghen selected by FIFA 17 community

10:30 am

Belgian centre-back Jan Vertonghen makes the FIFA 17 Community Team of the Season.

Over the last month, the FIFA 17 community has exchanged messages on forums to help decide which players would be selected for the Gold, Silver and Bronze squads. Only those who appeared regularly could be chosen nd they couldn't have appeared in a Team of the Week.

Vertonghen has been superb at the heart of the Tottenham defence and really came to the fore in the absence of fellow Belgian Toby Alderweireld who injured a knee when the pair collided. With Vertonghen out injured the defencre sometimes looked ragged and was torn apart, but when the shoe was on the other foot Vertonghen seemed to keep a greater grip on the organisation of the back-line.

A surprise to many Spurs fans will be the inclusion of former player Federico Fazio who has recaptured his form in Italy.

COMMUNITY Team Of The Season - GOLD

Starting XI
  • GK: Oliver Baumann - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Germany) - Germany
  • RB: Carvajal -  Real Madrid (Spain) - Spain
  • CB: Jan Vertonghen - Tottenham Hotspur (England) - Belgium
  • CB:  Federico Fazio - Roma (Italy) - Argentina
  • CDM: Danilo Pereira - FC Porto (Portugal) - Portugal
  • CM: Jonathan Viera - Las Palmas (Spain) - Spain
  • CDM: Morgan Sanson -  Olympique de Marseille (France) - France
  • CM: Karim El Ahmadi -  Feyenoord (Holland) - Morocco
  • LM: Bruma - Galatasaray SK (Turkey) - Portugal
  • RM: Gelson Martins - Sporting CP (Portugal) - Portugal
  • ST: Sebastian Driussi - River Plate (Argentina) - Argentina
  • GK: Martin Campana -  Independiente (Argentina) - Argentina
  • CB: Pontus Jansson -  Leeds United (England) - Sweden
  • CB: Mathias Jorgensen - FC Kobenhavn (Denmark) - Denmark
  • CDM: Denis Glushakov - Spartak Moscow (Russia) - Russia
  • CM: Ruud Vormer - Club Brugge (Belgium) - Holland
  • ST: Giampaolo Pazzini - Hellas Verona (Italy) - Italy
  • RM: Yoric Ravet - BSC Young Boys (Switzerland) - France
  • CB: Marcelo - Besiktas IK (Turkey) - Brazil
  • CB: Michal Pozdan - Legia Warszawa (Poland) Poland
  • CM: Lucas Torreira -  Sampdoria (Italy) - Uruguay
  • ST: Roger - Levante UD (Spain) - Spain
  • RM: Matt Ritchie - Newcastle United (England) - Scotland


Starting XI
  • GK: Jesper Hensen - Lyngby BK (Denmark) - Denmark
  • LB: Theo Hernandez -  Deportivo Alaves (Spain) - France
  • CB: Jan-Arie van der Heijden - Feyenoord (Holland) - Holland
  • CB:  Viktor Vasin - CSKA Moscow (Russia) - Russia
  • RB: Emil Salomonsson - IFK Goteborg (Sweden) - Sweden
  • LM: Marc Schnatterer -  1. FC Heidenheim 1846 (Germany) - Germany
  • CAM: Graham Carey -  Plymouth Argyle (England) - Ireland
  • CDM: Soualiho Meite -  SV Zulte-Waregem (Belgium) - France
  • RM: Denis Bouanga - Tours Football Club (France) - Gabon
  • ST: Francesco Caputo - Virtus Entella (Italy) - Italy
  • ST: Chris Wood - Leeds United (England) - New Zeland
  • GK: Danny Vukovic -  Sydney FC (Australia) - Australia
  • LB: Piotr Tomasik -  Jagiellonia Bialysto (Poland) - Poland
  • CB: Lonrezo Gordinho - Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa) - South Africa
  • CB: Osama Hawsawi - Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) - Saudi Arabia
  • RM: Andrea Conti - Atalanta (Italy) - Italy
  • RM: Deniz Turuc - Keyserispor (Turkey) - Holland
  • LM: Jonny Hayes - Aberdeen (Scotland) - Ireland
  • CM: Kengo Nakamura - Kawasaki Frontale (Japan) - Japan
  • CM: John Fleck - Sheffield United (England) - Scotland
  • CAM: Ghayas Zahid - Valerenga Fotball (Norway) - Norway
  • ST: Angel - Real Zaragoza (Spain) - Spain
  • ST: Alfredo Morelos - HJK Helsinki (Finland) - Colombia


Starting XI
  • GK: Julian Pollersbeck - 1. FC Kaiserslautern (Germany) - Germany
  • RB: Rhyan Grant -  Sydney FC (Australia) - Australia
  • CB: Christian Burgess - Portsmouth (England) - England
  • CB:  Liam Lindsay - Patrick Thistle FC (Scotland) - Scotland
  • RW: Ezgjan Alioski - FC Lugano (Switzerland) - Macedonia
  • LM: Henry Onyekuru -  KAS Eupen (Belgium) - Nigeria
  • CM: Frederik Haugen -  SK Brann (Norway) - Norway
  • CDM: Christian Norgaard -  Brondby IF (Denmark) - Denmark
  • CDM: Pablo Guinazu - Talleres de Cordoba (Argentina) - Argentina
  • ST: Sean Maguire - Cork City (Ireland) - Ireland
  • ST: Adama Niane - ESTAC Troyes (France) - Mali
  • GK: Chris Maxell -  Preston North End (England) - Wales
  • CB: Ivan Runje -  Jagiellonia Bialysto (Poland) - Croatia
  • CB: Sauli Vaisanen - AIK (Sweden) - Finland
  • CB: Jack O'Connell - Sheffield United (England) - England
  • RWB: An Hyeon Beom - Jeju United FC (South Korea) - South Korea
  • CM: Lukas Lerager - SV Zulte-Waregem (Belgium) - Denmark
  • RW: Chadrac Akolo - FC Sion (Switzerland) - DR Congo
  • RM: David Wheeler - Exeter City (England) - England
  • ST: John Akinde - Barnet (England) - England
  • ST: Rafael da Silva - Urawa Red Diamonds (Japan) - Brazil
  • ST: Charlie Wyke - Bradford City (England) - England
  • ST: Amath Diedhiou - CD Tenerife (Spain) - Senegal

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70 clean sheets in 100 matches

10:30 am

The best centre-back pairing in the Premier League

Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are probably the best central defensive partnership in the Premier League. Their record together as a central-back pairing is remarkable.

The pair have managed to keep 70 clean sheets in 160 matches, which is a goal conceded every 104.08 minutes.

28-year-old (29 next March) Alderweireld and 29-year-old (30 next April) Vertonghen have now won over 100 matches together as a centre-back pairing (they have also played games at right-back and left-back for Belgium).

Another remarkable statistic is that Alderweireld has conceded just 16 fouls for us in close to 5,500 Premier League minutes since the start of last season.

This season we have conceded 374 fouls and Alderweireld has conceded just 7 of those! That's 7 fouls in 24 games, one every 295 minutes.

Ahead of Saturday, it is good to know he has never lost to Chelsea, a record he, and we, obviously hope he retains on Saturday.

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Spurs avoid devastating blow

8:26 am

We have talked before about fatigue causing injuries and at a crucial time of the season we have had to overplay some players because the squad isn't strong enough to compete on three fronts. It could have ended disastrously for us if Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld or Harry Kane had been more seriously injured through fatigue.

We lost in the Europa League because of that squad depth and for taking the Belgian side too lightly. Mauricio Pochettino clearly feels Kevin Wimmer simply isn't good enough and it took him only 18 minutes to get booked on Sunday. That left us gambling before the start on not picking up muscle strain injuries.

Both Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen had to go off to prevent damaging muscles which would have seen them out for several weeks. Three games in a week takes its toll, especially if you are just coming back from injury so it shows how vital these two are and the quality of the squad players covering them.

Pochettino says Vertonghen and Alderweireld asked to come off as a precaution. Hopes to know the extent of injuries in a few days.

Harry Kane clattered into a post and was worryingly holding his thigh muscle, something that could flare up so he'll need his training programme adjusted to aid injury prevention, if there is any bruising hat needs to come out. Despite being 4-0 up he came out for the second half, wouldn't that have been a great time to throw on Vincent Janssen to try and help him?

That rather suggests to me, and the FA Cup tie against Aston Villa when he was substituted, plus other occasions he hasn't been given game time, that he will not be retained in the summer.

We now just have the Premier League top four to concentrate on, as Chelsea have all but won the title already, and the FA Cup where we have a great chance to reach the semi-finals.

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Vertonghen back for Everton clash

5:00 pm


Jan Vertonghen will perhaps only be out for 6 weeks instead of 10, now that his ankle ligament damage has been able to be assessed with the swelling having gone down. That takes us to the end of February.

Sat 21 Jan Manchester City v Spurs Premier League
Sat 28 Jan Spurs v Wycombe Wanderers FA Cup
Tue 31 Jan Sunderland v Spurs Premier League
Sat 04 Feb Spurs v Middlesbrough Premier League
Sat 11 Feb Liverpool v Spurs Premier League
Thurs 16 Feb Gent v Spurs Europa League
Thurs 23 Feb Spurs v Gent Europa League
Sun 26 Feb Spurs v Stoke City Premier League

That means Vertonghen could well be back in contention for a place on Saturday 4 March for a home game at White Hart Lane against Everton in the Premier League.

"Jan is okay, he's very positive, we are pushing him a lot. We expect him to be out for six weeks, less than we first thought. I don't want to set a limit or the time, but I think that's very positive. When your mind is good, positive, you can even recover early."

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Davies might get the nod for the City game

12:30 pm

Jan Vertonghen has been exceptional this season

We can not hide the fact that losing everpresent Belgian Jan Vertonghen for up to 3 months is a big blow, but Kevin Wimmer was an able deputy last season and he played successfully in a back three against Arsenal at the Emirates earlier in the season.

Jan Vertonghen to miss:
Manchester City (A) 
Sunderland (A) 
Middlesbrough (H) 
Liverpool (A) 
Stoke City (H) 
Everton (H) 
Crystal Palace (A) 
Southampton (H) 
Burnley (A)

We saw him in the last game bringing the ball out of defence against WBA and stepping into midfield or occasionally venturing forward to have 3 attempts on goal. He made 64 passes with a success rate of 92.2%. Mousa Dembele would drop back to cover each time he went forward.

The options seem to be, change the system to two centre-backs or deploy Kevin Wimmer or Ben Davies in the Vertonghen role. Mauricio Pochettino explained after the game that Spurs would not be venturing into the transfer market as a result of the injury because Davies and Wimmer could both play there and we still have Cameron Carter-Vickers as cover.

It would seem therefore that we will be sticking with a back three, so who is going to be first-choice and play against Manchester City at the weekend?

Is Kevin Wimmer comfortable enough on the ball to bring it out of defence or is he a more stay at home defender?

Wimmer stands 1.87m (6ft 2in) tall, Davies 1.80m (5ft 11in) so remembering how we targetted César Azpilicueta against Chelsea because of his height (1.78m - 5ft 10in) could this be a factor in who we select to play against teams who hold an aerial threat.

Will Ben Davies replace Jan Vertonghen?

A poll on Twitter was overwhelmingly in favour of the 24-year-old (25 in November) Austrian, however this weekend City are a ground based team so might Ben Davies just get the nod.

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Isn't it good to have our centre-backs together again

6:00 am

Our central defensive partnership is back together. We have missed the pair of them playing together against out top four rivals and Toby Alderweireld being missing after a freak injury has made a difference. Eric Dier is a decent replacement but against the best his positional errors and awareness are occasionally exposed. That is all it takes though to make a difference and we have paid the price.

“From day one it went well. It just felt good. We didn’t always play together because sometimes Jan played in midfield. Martin Jol eventually gave us the chance to play together at Ajax and it worked. I was 19 and he was 21, so I leaned a bit on him, but it was a great process for me. 
“At Ajax they don’t worry about your age. If you’re good enough, you play. It was a young partnership, but we were twice champions of Holland together so, yeah, it was good. 
“At Tottenham we try to play the pressing game, to play very high, and we played that way at Ajax as well. We’re both not slow and we can both play the ball. We had our education in the Ajax academy, so we were brought up the same way. That helps. 
“We trust each other. We try to help each other. We’re not selfish. It’s a partnership. We know we have to do the job together. It’s not just about Jan and me, by the way. It’s also about the full backs, the goalkeeper, the midfielders and the whole team. 
“But, yeah, Jan and I work together. We talk about the striker we’re playing against, how we’re going to play. We talk a lot about what we’re going to do.”

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Player Tweets + Ryan Mason thanks Spurs fans

5:00 pm
Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen with a bit of comedy, Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko have taken to Twitter after the 3-0 success last night.

Former Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason, who came on as a second-half substitute last night and received a warm reception from the Spurs fans, has also taken to Twitter to thank the Spurs fans for their reception.

It is difficult to assess the success or otherwise of the back three system used last night, although it did work against Arsenal with different personnel. We didn't stick with it last time, will we stick with it now or was that another one off, we'll have to wait and see. Not for long though, roll on Sunday and Burnley.

Good win yesterday at The Lane 👏🏼💪🏼

Nice to meet some fans last night 😂

Was a great response from us tonight - an important win at the Lane. Focus on Burnley on Sunday now.

Great Team performance and happy to be on the scoresheet today

Thank you for the amazing reception last night, really means a lot to me and my family. Will always love the club 💙

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Spurs are constantly in the news

11:00 pm
The Tottenham Hotspur PR machine has been doing it's business and once again we have a player signing a new contract, followed by another player signing a new contract and suggestions from the manager that yet another player will be signing a new contract shortly.

Harry Kane, then Jan Vertongen (new deal until 2019) and next up is possibly club captain and French national captain, Hugo Lloris, who has been very happy at the club from day one.

Dutch international Jan Vertonghen has made more clearances than any other player in Europe's top 5 leagues (Premier League, LaLiga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1) this season, 120 in total.

It is nice to hear a player say he couldn't imagine playing anywhere else, that is just the type of commitment we want to see.

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Tottenham fans changing tune on Vertonghen

6:42 pm
Jan Vertonghen has been brilliant with Toby Alderweireld and now that the younger Belgian is injured Vertonghen has shown himself to be a top defender in his own right.

With a new partner in Eric Dier Spurs continue to keep clean sheets, unfortunately today not managing to bag a winner, but the Premier League isn't a one week contest. Nobody expected Arsenal only to get a point at home to Middlesbrough or Everton to lose at Burnley.

The expectation is that he'll be signing a new contract to extend his stay a further two years. On this form that is good news.

Remember when people said Alderweireld carries Vertonghen & makes him look good? 2 immaculate performances later they're a bit quiet 🤔
All I'll say about today was Jan Vertonghen was brilliant, again. Whatever Pochettino said to him after Monaco worked.
Vertonghen has been brilliant today.

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Spurs handling the pressure well so far

9:00 pm

Confidence encourages players to produce their best. They have to be mentally free from baggage and even though Jan Vertonghen hasn't yet signed his contract extension, it isn't affecting his performances the way Christian Eriksen's did his at the start of the season.

As soon as he signed his game leaped back to where it was last season. Vertonghen has been Mr. Consistent though, there have been errors of course, everyone makes errors, but he is part of the meanest defence in the Premier League, indeed in Europe.

The Belgian international believes Spurs are of the best sides so far this season.

“We’ve shown it again [without Alderweireld]. It started with Harry and people said it about Hugo [that the team would suffer without them]. But Michel Vorm came in for Hugo and he showed it against Liverpool and Eric Dier showed it against Leverkusen [in central defence]. There is a strength to this team, especially after this window, when some great players came in. 
“We can miss almost everyone, although obviously not eight or nine players. The squad is so strong and we showed that against Leverkusen in a performance without Toby, without Kyle. I think we have as strong a squad as any in the Premier League. Obviously, some other teams have exceptional talents but we have them as well. It’s a sign that we can miss everyone, almost. It shows the strength of the team. 
“Previously, we might have lost that game to Leverkusen but now, we can draw. Sometimes, you have to take a draw. These are games that we might have lost a couple of years ago but now, we can get a draw that can get us qualification for the next round. We showed some real maturity against Leverkusen.”

Safe in the knowledge that he is expected to sign a new contract in the next couple of weeks some have suggested that his comments are a hint he will sign a contract extension! There is little reason for him to move, he is a first-choice player and the team are competing at the top with real chances of lifting trophies. The squad is young and he has the responsibility of being an old head helping to bring them along.

The media have tried to create a rift between him and Pochettino but our Argentinian manager has consistently said that if a player needs to be told somthing tough to improve hisgame he'll tell them. Being winners is about constantly improving so even in victory there are still things to work on, like our finishing fir example.

The mental strength of the squad improves with experience and last season will have helped them understand about pressure. How you handle it is the key to everything, thus far, apart from the Wembley wobble, they have handled it well.

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Jan Vertonghen

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When you look at defensive errors you have to look at the root cause of the problem, which is often in midfield rather than the defence. defending is a team game, the back four have to be a very well drilled unit who understand totally their role and how they must react to whatever their defensive partners are doing.

Jan Vertonghen was a rock against Manchester City but acknowledges the team as a whole produced an excellent defensive display. If the midfield are working their socks off the the job of the defenders, even though it is still tough, is eaier. Cutting out through balls, stopping the pass before it has been made through positioning, getting a foot in , a nudge , a tackle or shadowing and forcing a player to play sideways takes concentration. A slip and the pass has been made, the defence are under pressure.

He reveals we targetted a good start to the season despite our fixture list, Everton, Liverpool and Manchester City have all been tackled in the first seven games, City of course after a Champions League trip to Russia. The game showed we can cope with the dual competitions, some suspected we couldn't, some thought our squad too weak. The system through is the strength, a player is just a component of the system.

The Kaizen approach improves a little detail at a time to add up to big improvements. It is clar we are doing that and players are making one small improvement after another resulting in the type of performance we showed against City.

For a coach that now becomes a benchmark, that now becomes a standard to maintain and then improve upon.

Jan Vertonghen

On our defensive work
“I thought we were very good as a team. I think it would be a bit disrespectful to say that it was just because of the back four and Hugo that we defended well. The guys did so much work for us and that makes it easier for us.”
On solid start to season 
“We want to make a fortress of the Lane and we wanted to start well – it’s the best start in the Premier League for Tottenham and that’s what we wanted. We had to beat a couple of big teams and we delivered and that makes me very proud.”

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