Former Tottenham manager explains Jan Vertonghen comments

Tim Sherwood says he does consider Jan Vertonghen to be a good defender

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Tim Sherwood has defended his recent criticism of Tottenham Hotspur centre-half Jan Vertonghen.

The former Spurs boss claimed that the Beglium international “can’t defend” after the north London side lost 3-0 to leaders Chelsea last month.

Sherwood managed the 27-year-old defender for six months following his appointment as Spurs boss in December after Andre Villas-Boas’s dismissal.

Current Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, was critical of his predecessor’s comments about the defender, questioning Sherwood’s decision to make his thoughts public.

However, the ex-Blackburn Rovers captain has explained that he was doing commentary on the London derby, stressing that Vertonghen is a good defender.

“I was commentating on the game [against Chelsea] and Jan [Vertonghen] would not have been happy with his defending on the day but he’s a good player and he’s very important for Tottenham, as Mauricio [Pochettino] has said,” Sherwood told talkSPORT.

Vertonghen, who joined Tottenham from Ajax on 2012, has been linked with a move to Liverpool in recent weeks.

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