Vertonghen lauds pair’s “incredible” performance against Newcastle

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham scored yet another late winner against Newcastle last Saturday courtesy of Heung-Min Son to clinch all three points. The win has taken Spurs to within 2 points off second-placed Manchester City and 5 points off league leaders Liverpool, thus raising hopes of a potential title challenge.

For most of the game however, Spurs struggled to break down the Magpies, who set up with a deep back line and didn’t give any time or space for the Spurs players in the final third. However, Tottenham upped the tempo towards the later stages of the second half and eventually got their reward through a goal in the 83rd minute.

While Son was handed the man of the match award, Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen has singled out the efforts of two players which went under the radar on Saturday. The 31-year-old lauded the pressing of Tottenham’s midfield pair Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko, which the Belgian insisted made his job at the back easy.

Speaking to Tottenham’s official website, Vertonghen said, “If you could see the way Winksy and Moussa were pressing in the second half, they were incredible. A big, big effort from them makes it easier for us.”

Winks and Sissoko have had to play a lot of games in recent months owing to Tottenham’s injury crisis in central midfield and the pair have been extremely consistent so far. Based on Vertonghen’s words, it is clear that the players certainly recognize the effort the pair are putting in.

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