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GW13 Ones to watch: Jan Vertonghen

The Scout 22 Nov 2017
Jan Vertonghen, Spurs

Looking to avoid rotation in the Spurs defence? The Scout explains why Belgian is the most secure pick

The Scout is naming five players tipped for big points in Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 13.

Jan Vertonghen (TOT) £6.1m

The Belgian is now the standout option in the Tottenham Hotspur defence.

He demands attention from FPL managers because fellow centre-back Toby Alderweireld (£5.9m) is out with a hamstring injury and Mauricio Pochettino continues to rotate his full-backs, reducing the appeal of early-season favourites Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier (both £5.7m).

That leaves Vertonghen as the only ever-present in Spurs’ backline, promoting his FPL stock ahead of the busy festive period.

GW13 opponents

Pochettino’s side host West Bromwich Albion in Gameweek 13.

The Baggies parted company with head coach Tony Pulis on Monday, after a 10-match winless run.

Gary Megson will take temporary charge of a side who have struggled for goals, failing to score in three of their last four fixtures and producing the fewest shots in the opposition penalty area (15) over that period.

Home comforts

Vertonghen has been a vital component of a Spurs defence who have impressed this season, particularly at Wembley, where they have kept three clean sheets in their last four matches.

With their next six home matches all scoring two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR), Vertonghen has the platform to deliver more defensive points.

Spurs' next six home Gameweeks
GW Opponent FDR
13 WBA  2
16 STK  2
17 BHA 2
20 SOU 2
21 WHU 2
23 EVE 2
Bonus ability

Vertonghen also fares well in the Bonus Points System (BPS), suggesting he can add to any clean sheet returns.

His tally of 272 for BPS is bettered by only two defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.8m; 333) and Nacho Monreal (£5.6m; 297).

This helped Vertonghen earn three bonus points against Crystal Palace in Spurs' last home match.

As an assured starter in a defence favoured to enjoy a run of clean sheets, Vertonghen can be a crucial signing for FPL managers.

Tomorrow: GW13 Ones to watch: Callum Wilson

Also in this series

Part 1: GW13 Ones to watch: Nicolas Otamendi
Part 2: GW13 Ones to watch: Manuel Lanzini
Part 4: GW13 Ones to watch: Callum Wilson
Part 5: GW13 Ones to watch: Paul Pogba

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