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Ex-Tottenham boss lauds ‘outstanding’ 31-year-old following Dortmund win

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Ex-Tottenham boss lauds ‘outstanding’ 31-year-old following Dortmund win

Spurs were rampant during the second half against Borussia Dortmund.

Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has told talkSport that he thinks Jan Vertonghen is ‘outstanding’, following Spurs’ 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.

Spurs put one foot firmly in the Champions League quarter-final after a dominant second-half performance at Wembley.

Goals from Heung-min Son, Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente left the Bundesliga leaders with plenty to do in the return leg.

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It was the performance of the Belgian defender that drew praise from ex-Spurs boss Redknapp.

The 31-year-old was deployed as a left-wing-back to thwart the danger of 18-year-old starlet Jadon Sancho.

Redknapp thought he coped wonderfully against the teen sensation.

He told the talkSport Sports Breakfast: “Vertonghen was absolutely outstanding!

“I was excited to see Sancho and what he could do, but Vertonghen completely dominated down that side, pushed him back and he disappeared.

“He looks like he could play anywhere. He’s so conformable on the ball, he’s strong, powerful and he’s got a great delivery of the ball.”

 

Underrated

Vertonghen has been sorely missed when he has been injured over the years.

On last night’s evidence, he showed himself to be one of Spurs’ most important players.

Boss Mauricio Pochettino will revel in the fact that he is so versatile and will hope that his injury issues are now firmly in the past.

Redknapp is a massive fan of the Belgium international.

He continued: “I think he’s been quite an underrated player since he joined Tottenham, he’s been a great signing.

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“I think he’s probably got the ability to sit in and play a holding role in midfield if he wanted to, he never gives the ball away. He’s just a fantastic player.”

It seems certain that lots of Spurs fans will side with Redknapp regarding such comments.

Spurs recent good form has coincided with Vertonghen returning from a hamstring injury.

Pochettino will need players with his versatility in future weeks if they are to stay in the hunt for the Premier League.

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