Tottenham have had a solid start to the season, managing to secure four points from their first two games against Aston Villa and Manchester City.
While the Lilywhites’ performances in both games left a lot to be desired, the rustiness of the team is understandable given the fact that there some new players that need to be integrated into the system.
However, one case of concern for Spurs fans has been the fact that Jan Vertonghen is yet to play a single minute of football this season.
The Belgian international was not even part of the matchday squad against Villa and had to settle for a place on the bench against Manchester City.
During the pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Newcastle, when asked if Vertonghen’s omission was due to issues with his fitness, Pochettino reiterated his decision not to select the central defender.
Speaking to Football.London, the Argentine said: “I am only going to decide to try and provide the best players that are in my head to play.
“If I don’t play someone it is because I believe there is another in my opinion that is better. This is very clear.”
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This comment by the manager makes it clear that he thinks a pairing of Sanchez and Alderwiereld is currently the best one at the club. While Vertonghen has no doubt been one of Spurs’ best defenders for a number of years, we as fans must trust the manager’s judgment as he is the one who sees the players on the training ground every day.
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