With a similar history to Belgian counterpart and teammate Toby Alderweirald, Jan Vertonghen has effortlessly taken ownership of the centre-back (CB) position. Having joined Spurs in 2012, Vertonghen is one of the squad’s longest serving players.
Jan Vertonghen began his professional career for Ajax in 2006 having rose through the ranks of their impressive Academy since 2003. Vertonghen accumulated his fair share of accolades at the Dutch club; spanning across his 220 appearances, Vertonghen won the league title with the club in 2011 and 2012, as well as being named Dutch Player of the Year in 2012.
His success didn’t stop there, he was awarded a CB place in the PFA’s Premier League Team of the Year during his first season at White Hart Lane. A versatile number 5, with a unique skill for reading the game of play, Jan alternated between CB and LB in the Spurs back four and appeared 49 times out of a possible 54 during his impressive first campaign. Not to mention, a campaign that resulted in 6 goals for the big man.
After an unfortunate second season that saw injuries force the Belgian to the sidelines for 18 matches over the season, the 2014-15 campaign was a busy one for Jan, making 47 appearances for Spurs and 31 Premier League starts. The 2015-16 campaign saw the dynamic partnership between the two Belgians, Alderweireld and Vertonghen, ignite at club level.
Not many can boast an international career like Jan Vertonghen, who after making his debut for Belgium in 2007, has accrued 96 caps representing his nation. This impressive number means that Jan Vertonghen, tied alongside Jan Ceulemans, has represented Belgium more times than anybody else.
|Full Name||Jan Bert Lieve Vertonghen|
|Date of Birth||24th April 1987|
|Place of Birth||Sint-Niklaas, Belgium|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.89 m)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2006 – 2012||Ajax 155 League apps (23 goals), 21 Domestic Cup apps (3 goals), 42 European apps (2 goals)|
|2006 – 2007 (loan)||RKC Waalwijk 12 League apps (3 goals), 1 Domestic Cup app|
|National Team||Belgium 108 appearances (9 goals)|
|Domestic Cup Appearances||20|
|European Cup Appearances||43|
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