Ajax starlet Christian Eriksen has tipped defender Jan Vertonghen to be a big hit at Tottenham Hotspur next season.
Whilst the Belgian international hasn’t officially put pen to paper on a deal at White Hart Lane, he’s expected to complete a move in the coming weeks after a well-publicised courtship in north London.
The 24-year-old was present for Spurs’ final game of the Premier League season back in May, and has intimated that he’d like to join Harry Redknapp’s side rather than other interested parties – including Arsenal.
Eriksen, who himself has been linked with a big-money move to England in the past, played alongside Vertonghen in their back-to-back Eredivisie title seasons at the Amsterdam Arena, and thinks he needs a bigger challenge away from Holland.
“He is a brilliant signing for Tottenham and a really, really good player. He is too good for the Dutch league now. It’s too easy for him and it’s the right time for him to leave,” said the Danish international.
“He is the best player in Holland and has all the skills that will make him a success in the Premier League. He is good with and without the ball, he is physically strong and he’s a leader for the team.
“From what I see, Tottenham like to play good football so I think he will be a perfect signing for them. I know there was interest from other clubs but he made up his mind. I’m sad to see him leave Ajax but it’s a good transfer for him.”
Vertonghen joined Ajax as a junior in 2003, making his senior debut three years later before joining Waalwijk on loan. After half a season at the Mandemakers Stadion, he returned to the Godenzonen and has been a regular in the side ever since, going on to become the club captain.