The Chalkboard: Jan Vertonghen should be Tottenham’s first choice left-back

Tottenham’s full-back options certainly aren’t what they used to be. Gone are the days of the marauding Danny Rose and Kyle Walker flying up and down the flanks to great effect, such as they did in the 2016/17 season when Mauricio Pochettino’s men pushed Chelsea for the title.

What’s changed?

Nowadays, Spurs are perhaps at their weakest in the wide defensive areas. All three of Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker-Peters and Serge Aurier have failed to make the shirt their own this season when given the opportunity, but it is over on the left where there is a solution right under Pochettino’s nose.

Rose and Ben Davies have failed to perform consistently this season, just like their peers over on the right – it was the England international Rose whose individual error led to Southampton’s equaliser on Saturday, before Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men went on to win.

Kieran Trippier’s own goal against Chelsea looks even funnier up close. Just ask Thogden in the video below…

Every full-back just seems to have a mistake in them, and not one of them seems to be hugely trusted by Pochettino.

What’s the solution?

Jan Vertonghen. The ever-dependable Belgian international has played at left-back on three occasions this season, and has starred everytime.

Most recently, the former Ajax man played in the position against Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 tie, where he was awarded the WhoScored Man of the Match award for his showing.

The 31-year-old grabbed a well-taken goal against the Germans, set up Heung-min Son for the opener with an inch-perfect cross, and also managed to help himself and his colleagues in defence to a clean sheet against one of Europe’s most free-flowing attacks.

He is an expendable figure at centre-back purely because Pochettino also has Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez to call upon, and whilst the pair are still at the club, Spurs should be using Vertonghen at left-back.