Tottenham Hotspur have made some tactical changes under Jose Mourinho, even if the Special One has been unable to make many changes to his personnel.
Mourinho has very much been forced to make do with what he has in North London, at least until the January transfer window, or perhaps even the summer.
One big change the manager has made is to switch up the defensive system to put more focus on attack, rather than attempting to sure up the back line itself.
Serge Aurier has stepped up as a wing-back on the right-hand side, while Jan Vertonghen has filled in at left-back and tucked into a back three when Aurier attacks.
However, as a 32-year-old central defender, Vertonghen does stick out at times and struggles to keep up with the pace of the Premier League’s young wingers.
Ex-Spurs, Paul Robinson, has now claimed that Vertonghen is not enjoying his new role under the new manager (Football Insider): “I think he started with three at the back because of the full-back situation. The full-backs have been a problem all season.
“Vertonghen now, as he’s getting older he’s not enjoying playing left-back, you can see he’s not enjoying playing left-back.
“Vertonghen’s not the answer at left-back long term.”
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