Who should partner Vertonghen next season?

With the summer additions of Kevin Wimmer and Toby Alderweireld, Mauricio Pochettino now has a wealth of defensive options at his disposal.

The departures of Younes Kaboul and Vlad Chiriches leave Tottenham with five senior centre-backs, all of whom will be hoping to be in the side come the opening day of the season.

Jan Vertonghen, now entering his fourth season at White Hart Lane, was a mainstay in the heart of the defence in Pochettino's first season at the helm and, barring serious injury, will more than likely continue as first-choice centre back.

The former Ajax man's total of 239 clearances last season was higher than any of the other central defenders on Tottenham's books. The 28-year-old also topped the interceptions table with 70 in his 32 Premier League outings.

The left-footed Wimmer appears to have been brought in to act as a back-up for Vertonghen. The Austrian made 32 appearances in the Bundesliga last season, totalling more minutes (2880) than any Spurs defender managed.

The Austrian also made more blocks than any of the other four senior centre-backs at the club with 31, 10 more than Belgium pair Alderweireld and Vertonghen and 20 more than Eric Dier. Wimmer also, alongside fellow new boy Alderweireld, made no defensive errors in the league last time out.

Federico Fazio, meanwhile, still exists. Thanks to the new faces brought in over the summer the sizeable Argentinian has been placed on the back-burner somewhat, but after a mediocre debut season in England, the club may be wise to cling onto him in the dreaded event of an injury crisis.

One area the former Sevilla man came out on top last season was aerial duels, which, given his imposing stature, is no surprise. Fazio's aerial duel win percentage of 71 was 5% higher than any central defender at the club, with Vertonghen the next best on 66%.

Another area the 2013/14 Europa League winner came out on 'top' was defensive errors, totalling four in his 20 Premier League appearances.

Eric Dier matched that total, largely thanks to his patchy early season form deputising at right-back. The England Under-21 international displayed his huge potential after reverting to his preferred position in the middle after Kyle Walker's return to fitness.

Prior to the addition of Toby Alderweireld, many thought Dier would continue as Vertonghen's partner for next season, but after appearing in defensive midfield throughout pre-season, Pochettino may have another plan all together for the 21-year-old.

Alderweireld, it appears, is the favourite to line up alongside Vertonghen at Old Trafford on the 8th August. Despite often playing on opposing flanks at full-back when lining up for Belgium, the two appear to have a good understanding of each other as a result of their time at Ajax, and their partnership could bring a considerable, much needed degree of balance to the heart of the Spurs defence.