Thursday 02 August 2012
In the third of our profiles on this season's Barclays Premier League signings, premierleague.com reveals a few facts and stats about Tottenham's goalscoring Belgian defender.
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Height: 6ft 2in
Transfer fee: Undisclosed
Fantasy Premier League transfer fee: £6.5m
Contracted: Long term
Previous clubs: Ajax 2006-12 (loaned to RKC Waalwijk 2006-07)
League appearances: 153 (Eredivisie)
League goals: 23 (Eredivisie)
International appearances: 37
International goals: 2
Honours: 2010-11, 2011-12 Eredivisie title winner; 2009-10 Dutch Cup winner, Dutch Footballer of the Year 2012
Profile: A strong defender who is equally comfortable in midfield, Vertonghen joined Ajax as a teenager and worked his way through the ranks to become club captain. Though a defender, he is well known for his attacking prowess and his long-range passing. The 25-year-old was named the Eredivisie Player of the Year in his final season at Ajax and scored eight goals from defence as he led the club to their second successive league title.
He says: "The biggest difference [in England] is the approach of the opponents; it's very physical. In the Dutch league they are quite small, but here they are animals."
They say: "He is perhaps the best player in the Dutch league. With his power, passing, positional sense, pace and ability to score goals, there is no one better."
(Frank de Boer, Ajax manager)
Interesting stat: He has only been sent off once in his entire career, for picking up two yellow cards against Groningen in 2009.
Did you know? On both occasions he has won the Eredivisie title, Vertonghen has dropped the trophy. In 2010-11 he spilled it from the top of a bus during a celebratory parade and in 2011-12 it slipped out of his hands and on to his foot.
New player factfile #1 Marko Marin
New player factfile #2: Fabio Borini