Jan Vertonghen: Everything You Need to Know About Ajax's in-Demand Defender

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIMay 17, 2012

Jan Vertonghen: Everything You Need to Know About Ajax's in-Demand Defender

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    If you don't already know much about Jan Vertonghen, then you've come to the right place.

    Vertonghen has been the subject of much transfer speculation throughout this season and Bleacher Report is looking to give you, the readers, a bit of info about the Belgian star.

    The Ajax defender looks set to leave his club this summer and follow the footsteps of some of his former teammates like Luis Suarez and Thomas Vermaelen to the EPL.

    Here is everything you need to know about the in-demand Ajax defender.

Most Likely Headed to Tottenham

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    It seems that all signs point towards Jan Vertonghen heading to Tottenham next season. The Daily Mail has reported about the London club's interest and the current haggling over a transfer price.

    The player himself has spoken of his interest in signing for the club and then in turn stated that they were not his only option.

    Right now, though, Tottenham seems to be the only suitors and it will probably only be a matter of time before he joins the club.

Individual/Team Accomplishments

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    Jan Vertonghen recently won the Eredivisie Player of the Year award and is a two-time Eredivisie champion. Both these things are quite positive for Tottenham should he join the club.

    Despite all the distraction concerning his future at Ajax throughout the season, Vertonghen showed good professionalism and concentration to lead his team to a title and be named as the league's best player in the process.

    His two Dutch titles also gives him a championship winning pedigree that not many Tottenham players currently have.


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    Jan Vertonghen is an extremely versatile player. His best position is in the center of defense, but he is quite capable of filling in at the left-back and defensive midfield roles as well.

    He has played all those positions on both a club and international level throughout the majority of his career.

Attack-Minded Defender

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    Much like his similarly left-footed compatriot Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen has a pretty decent eye for goal for a defender.

    He has a pretty powerful left-footed shot and is good in the air as well. He has scored 10 goals this season in all competitions, which is one more than Andy Carroll and one less than Fernando Torres.

    The only season he hasn't scored a goal was his debut year with Ajax.


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    Speaking of debuts, Jan Vertonghen made his first appearance for Ajax in the Champions League in August 2006. He now has 240 appearances and 31 goals for his club.

    He came on as a substitute in a qualification match against Copenhagen and went on to make his first start in an Eredivisie match against Willem II in December of that year.

    Just one year later, in June 2007, Vertonghen made his senior international debut against Portugal. He has gone on to win 36 caps and score two goals for his country.