5 Reasons Why Tottenham Should Not Sell Jan Vertonghen

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5 Reasons Why Tottenham Should Not Sell Jan Vertonghen
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After an impressive debut Premier League campaign in 2012-13, Jan Vertonghen was named in the PFA Team of the Year.

Vertonghen was bought for the scandalously low £9.5 million from Ajax to replace retiring Tottenham legend Ledley King. The Belgian performed so well that the former captain's absence was rarely mentioned.

Spurs had a new manager in Andre Villas-Boas and a new spine following King's retirement, the departures of Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart and the signing of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Despite all the upheaval, Vertonghen was simply magnificent. A calm and reassuring presence in defence and a surprisingly important player in attack, he rapidly earned a reputation as one of the Premier League's finest defenders. 

But Vertonghen's second season was a substantial disappointment. Amid managerial changes, tactical disagreements and injuries, Spurs' reliable defender became a liability. His attitude was readily questioned by the fans and his season came to a premature end following an injury in the north London derby. 

As Spurs prepare for a new season under yet another new manager, should they persist with the unpredictable Belgian international? Do issues with form and a questionable attitude, as well as reported interest from Barcelona, per Neil Fissler of the Express, make this the right time for Spurs to turn a handy profit and sever ties with their centre-back? 

Here are five reasons why Tottenham should not sell Jan Vertonghen. 

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