Jan Vertonghen frustrated by left-back role at Tottenham

Jan Vertonghen again hints at his frustration at being deployed on the left side of defence for Tottenham this season

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Jan Vertongthen has been playing at left-back in recent games Photo: The Sport Review

Jan Vertonghen has again hinted at his frustration at being deployed on the left side of defence for Tottenham this season.

The Belgium international, who joined the north London side in an £8m deal from Ajax in 2012, has been deployed on the left side of defence following to injuries to Danny Rose and Zeki Fryers.

And the 26-year-old admits he is desperate to be restored to his familiar role in the centre of Spurs’ defence, claiming that he has “done enough” to merit a return to his usual position.

“We have had some injuries on the left of defence at Tottenham this season, and it has often been down to me to fill the gap,” said Vertonghen.

“Tottenham pay my wages, so I have to accept it, but it doesn’t suit me, and the club know how much I want to play centre-half.

“I think I have done enough to deserve a place there now, ideally for every game.”

Speaking earlier this month, Andre Villas-Boas praised the defender for his willingness to be deployed on the left.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations with Jan regarding this situation,” Villas-Boas said.

“Unfortunately he has to sacrifice for the team in that position. His position as a central defender is not in question. He’s one of the great central defenders that I have worked with.

“He knows the [central] position is waiting for him whenever we have other options at the left-back position. He has the trust and confidence from me.

“The reality is sometimes you have to sacrifice for the best of the team.”

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