Tottenham fans react as Jan Vertonghen appears distressed during Southampton game
Tottenham Hotspur progressed into the fifth round of the FA Cup last night with a 3-2 victory over Southampton.
A Jack Stephens own goal gave Spurs the lead, but Shane Long equalised before the half-time interval.
Danny Ings then fired the visitors in front before Lucas Moura restored parity for Jose Mourinho’s team.
With just three minutes remaining Son Heung-min struck to send Spurs through to face Norwich in the next round.
It wasn’t all sweetness and light last night, however.
In the 54th minute, Jan Vertonghen was withdrawn and he left the field in visible distress, having seemingly picked up an injury.
The Belgian sat on the bench looking absolutely distraught and some have suggested it could be the beginning of the end for the defender.
Vetonghen has been at Spurs since 2012 but is out of contract in the summer.
He has played 307 times for the club but there is no saying that he will receive a new contract.
Some supporters think that the £100,000-a-week (Spotrac) player might have realised last night that he has picked up an injury so severe that he may have played his last game.
Obviously, at this stage there is no confirmation on that and supporters will wait for an update with intrigue.
Here is a selection of tweets from Spurs supporters following Vertonghen’s reaction last night:
Sad to see Vertonghen look this bad.
— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) February 5, 2020
vertonghen looked like he just in that moment recognized that his career at the top level was over and it's one of the saddest things i've ever seen on another person's face
— hot spur time machine (@ComradeYouSpurs) February 5, 2020
So sad seeing the video of vertonghen on the bench like that. He knows he isn't performing at the level he once was and that he's not first choice anymore. Think this summer he will look to move on. Always cared and gave 100 percent tho. Thanks Jan
— Ryan Matthews (@Ryan_Matt98) February 5, 2020
Super Jan. great player and will be missed if this is the end of him. Just hope the fans don’t get on his back because he doesn’t deserve anything but respect 👍👍
— Tonetek (@Tonetek1) February 5, 2020
This was proper sad. I’ve felt like crying since 🥺 Love u Super Jan. Spurs legend joining King and Mabbutt.
— Justin “Legacy Fan” Stevens (@jstevens123) February 5, 2020
Makes me sad to see the decline of Vertonghen, one of my favourite players to wear the shirt but that is a look of a man who knows his times pretty much done
— Abbi Grace Summers (@abbi_summers) February 5, 2020
Can someone go and hug Jan Vertonghen please.
— Spurs News (@SpursNews1961) February 5, 2020