Jan Vertonghen has been awarded the Barclays Premier League’s player of the month award for March.
The Belgian defender has adapted brilliantly to life in the Premier League since moving to Spurs at the start of the season. The former Ajax captain has featured in 41 games for Spurs in all competitions so far this season, scoring 6 goals in the process.
“I’m very proud to win this trophy. It was an unbelievable feeling when I was told about it. I’m very happy, very proud to win this.”
Vertonghen played a big part in his side’s 2-1 win at Swansea City last week by scoring the opening goal and providing the assist for Tottenham’s second goal. Vertonghen also scored twice at Anfield, although those goals couldn’t prevent Spurs losing 3-2 to Liverpool through a comedy of errors.
Vertonghen seems to be the natural replacement to Ledley King the club was hoping for. His composure, technical skills and ability to read the game have made him the stand-out performer in a back four that has lacked a permanent cast for most of the season. Besides playing in his favoured position in the heart of defence, Vertonghen also featured as emergency left-back earlier in the season in the absence of the injured Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
After Thursday’s draw against Basel in the Europa League, Vertonghen is already looking forward to the weekend’s clash with Everton:
“We have some injures. We have played a lot of games. We have to be on top of our game to beat Everton because it’s a tough side to beat. I’m looking forward to the game on Sunday. Now first I’ll have to take another massage from the game from yesterday. But we will be there on Sunday.”