Has Vertonghen improved since joining Spurs?

Since completing his move from Ajax in the summer of 2012, Vertonghen has become a key member of the Spurs side, being the only consistent member of an ever changing back four. At times the Belgian has been particularly unsettled, especially when asked to play at left-back under AVB - he even publicly claimed that he should be played at centre-back, not out of position at left-back.

Despite this, Vertonghen has remained a consistent feature in the Spurs side, featuring in 89 of a potential 114 Premier League games over the past three seasons. We look at his statistics from the previous three seasons to see if the Belgian has improved since joining the club.

All statistics are an average per 90 minutes in the Premier League.


Tackles Won


Defensive Errors

Aerial Duels Won

Goals Scored

It's fairly apparent that Vertonghen's performance, in statistical terms, has fallen in almost all areas since his first season at Spurs. Obviously there a number a number of factors that have played a part in this, particularly the multiple managerial changes at the club during that time. 

The addition of Alderweireld this summer may be the perfect signing to bring Vertonghen back to the level that we saw in the 2012/13 season. The pair played 118 games together during their time at Ajax, and the two should hopefully be able to reignite that partnership in the coming season - which should finally give Spurs the much needed stability they need in their back line.