Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has been a total professional since he joined back in 2012 and in the last few years turned into one of the Premier League’s most consistent centre-backs.
The 31-year-old has been a mainstay in Mauricio Pochettino’s XI, but is he now in the rare position of being under pressure for his spot?
He has missed the last couple of months with a hamstring injury, but returned to the bench at the weekend for the win over Chelsea in the Premier League.
Rising star Juan Foyth has stepped up in his absence to impress in the heart of defence despite making a few mistakes that are bound to come as a 20-year-old.
He’s proven that he belongs in the first-team picture and has been helped by featuring alongside Toby Alderweireld.
Vertonghen will return to the starting XI on Wednesday night for a vital Champions League clash against Inter Milan, as Foyth is omitted from the European squad.
Belgian Vertonghen is certainly still considered in Spurs’ best XI as it stands, but Foyth and the currently injured Davinson Sanchez can now give him a real run for his money.
Vertonghen, who earns £100,000-a-week (Spotrac), could do with a top-class display against Inter to remind the manager of his qualities and regain his starting position.
He may now have the fiercest competition for his starting position during his time at Spurs and that should keep him on his toes, but he’s likely to rise to the challenge.