Spurs could only manage a draw against Premier League champions Leicester when two title rivals of last season met at White Hart Lane. Vincent Janssen’s strike from twelve yards just before the break was cancelled out by an Ahmed Musa goal just after half-time.
One player that stood out for Mauricio Pochettino’s men in the draw was defender Jan Vertonghen, and was one of the few positives Spurs fans could take from the game at White Hart Lane.
Vincent Janssen scored his third goal in a Spurs shirt, but we are still waiting to see the Dutchman’s first goal from open play, with all three of his goals for Tottenham coming from twelve yards out.
The draw with Claudio Ranieri’s side sees Tottenham’s unbeaten record in the Premier League extended, but Spurs have not won a game this side of the international break. We have witnessed draws with West Brom, Bayer Leverkusen Bournemouth and Leicester for Spurs in addition to being beaten in the EFL Cup by Liverpool. Mauricio Pochettino’s side are now in desperate need for a win heading into November, having not won since 2nd October in all competitions.
Despite not receiving a positive result, Jan Vertonghen had a brilliant game in the Spurs back line, and came close to snatching all three points, hitting the crossbar with three minutes to go. Here is how fans reacted to his performance on Twitter.
— Boggo (@Boggo1) 29 October 2016
Vertonghen great again, Rose very good and Nkoudou was sharp. Good for Janssen to score but we should be winning those games. Onwards #COYS
— Joe (@joestatham158) 29 October 2016
On a more positive note, I thought Vertonghen was superb today. Absolutely vital member of the squad & doesn’t get the credit he deserves.
— Simon (@spursfansimon) 29 October 2016
Vertonghen is magnificent. How did we get a back line of him and Alderweireld? Gifts from God.
— Lloyd Gross (@TorontoHooligan) 29 October 2016
Positives: One point better than last seasons result – still unbeaten – wanyama, rose, walker, Dier, Vertonghen all sublime. No injuries…
— (((Paul Kramer))) (@Paulhitsheet) 29 October 2016
Jan Vertonghen most underrated defender of the season. Another brilliant display
— Jordan (@jordan__yiddo) 29 October 2016
Jan Vertonghen has been without familiar centre-back Toby Alderweireld over the last couple of weeks, and we questioned how the Spurs defence would hold up without the Belgian. Vertonghen has really stepped up in Alderweireld’s absence, with Spurs conceding just one goal when he has been playing alongside Eric Dier in the heart of the defence.
Spurs have the best defensive record in the Premier League, conceding just five league goals all season, and it is no wonder why when they have quality defenders such as Vertonghen and Alderweireld in the squad.