Opinion: Thank You – A letter to Jan Vertonghen

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur played out a 1-1 draw to earns much-needed point in the race for Europa League football today, ensuring European football for another season.

However, fans were not able to see Jan Vertonghen grace the field for potentially one last time as Mourinho left the Belgian as an unused substitute on the bench.

With his contract set to expire this week and no word of any extension with the Lilywhites, it looks as if Super Jan will be moving on to pastures new next season.

Jan joined Spurs in 2012 as a promising young defender from Ajax, but would eventually emerge as one of the best centre-backs the club has ever seen, forging a near-unbeatable partnership with fellow countryman Toby Alderweireld.

In his first season in North London, Vertonghen was known for his lung-busting runs forward and surprising link-up play with Gareth Bale, with the defender netting six times that year, as many as he scored in the rest of his Spurs career (Wikipedia).

Vertonghen was a key part of the Mauricio Pochettino project with Tottenham, pushing for the Premier League title in both 2016 and 2017, as well as reaching the Champions League Final in 2019.

He played a huge role in ensuring that White Hart Lane remained an undefeated fortress in its final season, as well as welcoming in the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Vertonghen played a total of 315 games and scored 12 goals during his time in North London and will go down in the history books of Tottenham Hotspur (Wikipedia). My only regret is that we could not give him the trophy that he deserves.

Jan… we cannot thank you enough for your eight years of service. The silky left foot. The last-ditch challenges. Pulling down Helenius’ shorts against Villa. Scrapping with Diego Costa. That game against Borussia Dortmund. Super Jan Vertonghen.

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