'Staggering', 'Levy incompetence at its finest': Some Spurs fans think 2020 decision is looking stupid now
Spurs fans have been praising Jan Vertonghen for his impressive Belgium display at Euro 2020 on Monday.
Vertonghen was a rock in Spurs’ defence for eight years, clocking up 315 appearances.
However, Tottenham ended up losing the Belgian on a free transfer last summer.
“I should not have continued playing”
Months earlier, Vertonghen had suffered a concussion while playing for Spurs in the Champions League semi-finals.
Vertonghen, who moved to Benfica in August, told Sporza that the injury contributed to a dip in his form during his final season at Tottenham.
He admitted he felt the effects of that concussion for nine months.
“I suffered a lot from that – dizziness and headaches,” said Vertonghen.
“I should not have continued playing, it affected me in total for nine months and that’s why I couldn’t bring what I wanted to on the field.
“I still had a year left on my contract, so I had to play, but when I played, I played badly.
“The fact I got benched had nothing to do with him [manager Jose Mourinho].
“I was in a period [when] I could not bring what I should have. I even thought he played me a lot, compared to how I performed.”
Spurs legend now a Euro 2020 quarter-finalist
A year on, and Vertonghen is looking good again, clocking up 42 appearances for Benfica in all competitions.
And he is now a Euro 2020 quarter-finalist after helping Belgium overcome Portugal in the last 16.
Vertonghen was always on hand to clear the ball and kept his composure during the 2016 champions’ waves of attack at the end.
Some Spurs fans feel the decision to allow Vertonghen’s contract to run down is now not looking very clever.
Rewatched Belgium’s win earlier, @JanVertonghen was a rock at the back. Staggering that we are looking to sign a centre back this summer when we let a top international leave 🤯— The Spurs Web ⚪️ (@thespursweb) June 28, 2021
Even more staggering we didn’t even attempt to replace him…— Tottenham Tiers (@TottenhamTiers) June 28, 2021
Levy incompetence at its finest. Clearly sort at CB, he's a loyal club icon and has a brotherly connection with Toby who stayed. Made and still makes no sense.— Tom Nancarrow (@TomAntNan) June 28, 2021
No chance, the concussion affected him for nine months which impacted his performances at the time. He has shown his quality time and time again since.— The Spurs Web ⚪️ (@thespursweb) June 28, 2021
Is it though? This is what Tottenham under these owners do. Zero foresight, zero logic, just stumble from one failure to the next 🙄— World of Hotspur (@WorldofHotspur) June 29, 2021
Sad lack of understanding of the lingering effect of concussion.— PaulNoPunctures (@PPunctures) June 28, 2021
Well done Jan at the Euros and good luck.
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