While the Jekyll and Hyde season enjoyed and endured by fans at White Hart Lane shows no real signs of stabilising as the North London club continue to fight for European honours in the Europa League, we grabbed a word with one of their standout performers of the campaign, Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen to get an inside view of the Spurs dressing room.
Speaking at Nike’s Football Meets Football event at Wembley Stadium earlier this week at which he and Tottenham Hotspur teammate Christian Eriksen were introduced to Dallas Cowboys safeties Barry Church and Jeff Heath, Vertonghen told JD Football that he accepts that Spurs are in a transitional season, but sees light at the end of the tunnel, “That’s why it’s a shame when we lose a game, because we really feel like we can do something this year and we’re trying to get somewhere and I think we have the manager and the players to achieve something this year.”
Surrounded by young players given their shot by first Tim Sherwood and now Mauricio Pochettino, Jan welcomes the responsibility of coaching them through the early stages of their careers, “We’ve got some young players coming through now at the moment and they’re doing well. Probably there are some setbacks as well and the older players try to help them where possible, we just try to talk to them, to try and make them aware of the things that can happen in the press or supporters who can be on them and we jut try to take care of them the way that the older players did in my past.”
Probably the major standout for the North London side this year has been goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’ performances and Vertonghen says he’s enjoying playing in front of the in-form Frenchman, “Yeah, it feels good. At the moment he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the league. I’ve been lucky to play with good goalkeepers in my career and Hugo is one of them.”
Jan Vertonghen was speaking at Nike’s ‘Football meets Football’ training event at Wembley as part of the ‘Suit up for Sunday’ campaign and ahead of the final 2014 NFL International Series game. This Sunday the Dallas Cowboys will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium.