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Jan Vertonghen | Defensemen | #5

Team: Tottenham Hotspur
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/24/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 194

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Tottenham submitted a bid for Ajax center back Davinson Sanchez for a fee worth up to a club-record £40m, and the Eredivisie club has accepted the offer.
Having yet to spend a penny in the summer window, Spurs are poised to take the bulk of the 50m they pocketed from the sale of Kyle Walker and re-invest it in the promising 21-year-old Colombian international. When interest first leaked of interest in the player, Ajax took a stance that Sanchez was not on the market, but Sanchez himself gave every indication he would be happier with the move and now the deal looks like it will get done. At minimum, Spurs are in need of cover at the position and Kevin Wimmer may still depart before the window closes. But Sanchez could work his way into the XI rather quickly if he can get acclimated and join Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen in a three center back formation that Mauricio Pochettino has come to prefer. Assuming he signs,he is likely worth a stash in most draft leagues if you can afford to preserve him on your bench until he carves out his role. Fri, Aug 18, 2017 05:30:00 AM
Source: Sky Sports

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Mauricio Pochettino confirms Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen will be checked over the coming days after the pair were forced off during Sunday’s 4-0 win over Stoke City at White Hart Lane.

Reports after the match suggest that both players asked to come off as a precaution, although the extent of their problems won’t be known until they are fully assessed. Alderweireld signalled to the bench at the beginning of the second half due to an apparent groin problem while the nature of Vertonghen’s injury is yet to be determined. The Belgium defender was making his first Premier League start since damaging ankle ligaments against West Brom six weeks ago, and the injury maybe related. Tottenham are already without Danny Rose who is "a number of weeks away from a return to full training" and Pochettino can ill-afford to lose another key player with his side pushing hard for a Champions League place.
Sun, Feb 26, 2017 01:28:00 PM

Mauricio Pochettino will run late checks on Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen as Tottenham prepare to face Fulham in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Kane took a whack to the knee during the disappointing Europa League defeat in Gent but was quick to allay concerns of a serious injury saying he "should be fine" for the clash at Craven Cottage. However, given Tottenham’s reliance on Kane, and their recent dip in league form, Pochettino may err on the side of caution and hand Vincent Janssen his first start of the year. Vertonghen, on the other hand, has spent the last month sidelined with an ankle ligament injury and Sunday would be provide the ideal opportunity to gain some much-needed match fitness before the Premier League fixtures resume next weekend. Danny Rose [knee] and Erik Lamela [hip] remain out although the pair are progressing from their respective injuries.
Sat, Feb 18, 2017 08:35:00 AM

Tottenham's Premier League-leading defense could be set for a major injury boost in the coming weekend.

The Belgian defender wasn't ready to travel to Belgium to face Gent in the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday as he recovers from an ankle injury sustained in a 4-0 win against West Brom in mid-January, which was supposed to rule him out for up two months. But Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said he thinks Vertonghen can be ready for the FA Cup this weekend against Fulham: "Jan is very well, maybe Friday he’ll start to train with the team and maybe Sunday (Fulham away, FA Cup) he’ll be ready to make the starting 11 or to be on the bench. We’ll see, but we’re very happy."
Thu, Feb 16, 2017 03:37:00 PM

Scan results confirm what most of us suspected on Saturday when a teary Jan Vertonghen was helped from the sidelines in obvious discomfort.

An innocuous stretch by the touchline, unchallenged, has almost ended the Belgium defenders season. Mauricio Pochettino admitted after the game that the ankle "looks bad" and tests since confirm Vertonghen is set for a lengthy spell on sidelines. How long? We can’t be sure at this point, swelling around the ankle joint makes it difficult to give a definitive timeline, but as a guide, Vertonghen will spend a minimum of 6 weeks in the treatment room with the likelihood that it will be closer to ten. The MRI highlighted extensive ligament damage, somewhere between a grade two and grade tear, almost a complete rupture which would’ve resulted in surgery and even more time out. The news will not force Pochettino into the market for a replacement, instead he will turn to the likes of Kevin Wimmer and Ben Davies to maintain the Tottenham title charge.
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 01:28:00 PM

Mauricio Pochettino admits the ankle injury sustained by Jan Vertonghen during the comfortable 4-0 win over West Brom "looks bad" although the full extent of the problem won’t be known for another 24-48 hours.

Vertonghen rolled his ankle as he stretched for the ball by the touchline midway through the second half, and the Belgium defender knew immediately he had a serious problem. Following a brief conversation with the medical team, he was helped down the tunnel in tears. Speaking after match, Pochettino said: "It looks bad for Jan. We need to wait to assess him better on Sunday or Monday. He is very disappointed." Vertonghen has endured an injury hampered year after suffering what looks to be his third significant setback within the last 12 months. He spent seven weeks out in the summer after picking up an ankle ligament injury at Euro 2016, while a knee problem kept him out for almost three months in January 2016. The injury will not force Pochettino to dip into the transfer market, instead, the Argentine could look to the likes of Ben Davies or Kevin Wimmer to help fill the void.
Sat, Jan 14, 2017 02:38:00 PM

Tottenham have agreed to terms with Jan Vertonghen which will see the center back remaining with the club for another three years.

Perhaps not the headline-grabber that Harry Kane's new contract created, but another important signing for Tottenham nonetheless. Vertonghen has been a steady presence in the starting XI since his arrival and is the only Spur to have played every minute in the league so far this season. The club has now handed out long term deals in recent months to Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane and now Vertonghen. It seems pretty safe to say that the manager and owner are satisfied with the nucleus of this squad.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 07:53:00 AM

Mauricio Pochettino stated that he has no intention of signing a new center back ahead of the coming season for Tottenham.

Pochettino went on to mention that he believes there is enough talent in the youth system to fill in behind likely starters Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld and the very serviceable backup Kevin Wimmer. Those academy options, which include Cameron Carter-Vickers, Dominic Ball and Anton Walkes, have all had a chance to show what they can do in Tottenham's recent 2-match tour in Australia. Ball and Carter-Vickers looked pretty unorganzied against Juventus in the first game but the latter looked better along with Walkes against Atletico Madrid. Speaking of Vertonghen, his ankle recovery is progressing well and Pochettino thinks the Belgian has a chance to be ready for Week 1.
Source: Sky Sports
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 01:50:00 AM

Belgium have been dealt a blow in defense ahead of their quarterfinal match with Wales as Jan Vertonghen has picked up an ankle injury in training and could miss up to eight weeks.

Thomas Vermaelen will miss out against Wales as well, as he serves a suspension, so the left half of the Belgian defensive line that had started the entire tournament to this point will be absent in the quarterfinal. This gives a boost to Wales attacking players like Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey in the fantasy game, as Jason Denayer looks to step in at center back to partner Toby Alderweireld and Romelu Lukaku's younger brother, Jordan, will line up at left back. Vertonghen is in danger of being ready for Tottenham's opener this coming season based on his current timetable.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Jul 1, 2016 10:19:00 AM

Jan Vertonghen could play a part in Tottenham's clash with Manchester United this weekend, though Mauricio Pochettino has stated the center back still needs to be assessed.

Spurs have been without the services of Vertonghen for ten weeks now, after the center back had played every minute for the club in league games up until he suffered a knee injury at Selhurst Park back in January. The injury allowed a long look at Kevin Wimmer, and the Austrian has shown to be a steady presence in the defensive line. With such a crucial match in store for Sunday, it would be surprising to see Pochettino insert Vertonghen into his XI straight away and Wimmer really hasn't done anything to merit a switch straight away. It would be fair to assume for fantasy managers that own Vertonghen in draft leagues that he may need another week or two before he returns to partnering Toby Alderweireld.
Fri, Apr 8, 2016 10:28:00 AM

Jan Vertonghen stated through Tottenaham's official website that he aims to return during the next international break which occurs prior to Week 32, a round that is to be played on April 2nd.

So far, life without Vertonghen has not had a negative impact for Spurs. Kevin Wimmer has filled in admirably for the Belgian, after having seen no pitch time all season in league play. Spurs have won five on the trot and are just two points off the top of the table. So far, the recovery process is going smoothly from the ligament damage done to his knee in the win against Crystal Palace. With Wimmer and the club doing so well at the moment, Mauricio Pochettio may be afforded the luxury of easing Vertonghen back into action rather than calling upon him too quickly when he returns to training.
Thu, Feb 18, 2016 07:15:00 AM

Spurs were dealt a massive blow after scans revealed defender Jan Vertonghen suffered ligament damage to his MCL that will rule him out for the coming months.

MCL injuries typically take 10-12 weeks for a player to fully recover, meaning Vertonghen could miss most of the second-half of the season with the European Championships shortly after. The Belgian had not missed a single minute of Premier League action until being subbed off in the 75th minute against Crystal Palace this weekend when the injury was too much to bear. Summer signing Kevin Wimmer came on as a replacement to make his first-ever Premier League appearance as the Austrian will likely fill in this weekend in the FA Cup. But Eric Dier also remains a long-term option at center-back after playing much of the season in defensive midfield.
Tue, Jan 26, 2016 05:44:00 AM

Jan Vertonghen had a tough afternoon at Selhurst Park yesterday, responsible for an own goal and then having to limp off on 75 minutes with a knee injury.

The center back has been a mainstay for Tottenham this season, playing every minute of every league match before having to exit for the final 15 minutes yesterday. Any lost time would be a major blow to Spurs who have thrived with the Belgian partnership of Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld. Kevin Wimmer came on to replace Vertonghen and would figure to deputize should the latter miss any playing time. Federico Fazio is in the doghouse and figures to have no shot to fill in. If the injury is not too serious, he may not miss a league game, as Week 24 is a midweek round following next weekend's FA Cup round. It would make sense for Vertonghen to sit for the cup tie then.
Source: IB Times
Sun, Jan 24, 2016 09:16:00 AM

Tottenham will have plenty of Belgian representation when they travel to Brussels Thursday night to take on R.S.C. Anderlecht.

Spurs will likely have major influence from three of their Belgian representatives, the center back partnership of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, as well as Mousa Dembele, who took man of the match honors for his performance last weekend against Liverpool. Based on past reputation, there was deserved trepidation in the value of Tottenham defenders in the fantasy game, this season has shown a significant shift in that regard and managers in FPL are raising their ownership percentage with each passing day. Could it be possible to even say now that investment in their back line is essential? With AFC Bournemouth and Aston Villa their next two league opponents, one might have to think so.
Source: ESPN FC
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 11:01:00 AM

Reports indicate that Tottenham and Liverpool will look to outbid the other in the race to sign Barcelona center back Marc Bartra.

The 24 year old has been vocal in wanting out of Camp Nou, as he is entering his prime years and is way back in the pecking order with the La Liga giants. Bartra may want to continue looking for a potential Champions League qualifying club instead. Spurs figure to have a need a bit more at the position but Liverpool have shown they are not afraid to spend if they see a player they like.
Source: Telegraph
Wed, Jun 17, 2015 02:23:00 PM