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Facebook player of the season candidates: Jan Vertonghen

Posted on 1 June 2013  - 10:00

Over the weekend you can vote for your player of the season on Facebook (poll closes 9am BST on Monday)!

Facebook player of the season candidates: Jan Vertonghen

You can choose from six players who have all had outstanding campaigns: Gareth Bale, Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon and Michael Dawson.

We will be profiling each candidate here on tottenhamhotspur.com and next up is Belgian defender, Jan Vertonghen.

KEY STATS (Premier League)

Games: 34

Goals: 4

Assists: 4

Goals against: 41

OVERVIEW

Vertonghen was our second signing of the summer and did not disappoint in his debut campaign. The tall Belgian came to England with a big reputation after being voted the player of the year in Holland after a fantastic season with Ajax.

The 26-year-old was not afraid to put his body on the line and often impressed with perfectly timed last-ditch tackles while playing at either centre-back or left-back.

An intelligent footballer who reads the game brilliantly, Jan added another dimension to our game with his ability to drive the ball forward out from the defence.

His desire to attack saw him score the opening goal against Manchester United in our victory at Old Trafford after a neat one-two with Bale and further strikes against Swansea and Liverpool confirmed his goalscoring threat.

IN HIS WORDS

"I think I’ve had a good season, personally. Okay, you can always do better, so let’s try that next season.

"I’m quite happy. I had to work very hard in pre-season. I had quite a tough pre-season, didn’t have my best games and I think that was one of the reasons I was on the bench for the first game against Newcastle.

"Since then, the manager gave me my chance in the West Brom game and I played just about every minute from there and felt good from there. I can be happy."

KEY MOMENTS

Jan's aforementioned goals against Manchester United and Swansea were crucial but his performance against Arsenal at White Hart Lane was hugely important as the Gunners searched for an equalising goal in the second half of our 2-1 victory.