Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas Boas has admitted Jan Vertonghen does not like playing at left back, but has confirmed he will return to his favoured central role soon.
The Belgian centre back is now recognised as one of the Premier League’s top defenders after signing from Ajax last summer, however Tottenham’s injury problems have meant Vertonghen has had to fill in at left back the last few games.
Danny Rose started the season as Spurs’ first choice in the position, but an injury has ruled him out of the last ten fixtures and after experimenting with the right footed Kyle Naughton as a replacement, Vertonghen is now covering until at least the end of the international break.
Left back is not an unfamiliar role for Vertonghen, who has earned many of his 51 caps for Belgium in that position, but his manager AVB accepts the situation is not ideal.
He told Sky Sports: “I have had lots of conversations with Jan regarding this situation; unfortunately he has to sacrifice his position as centre back for the team.
"His position at centre back is not in question. He is one of the greatest central defenders I have worked with.
"He knows that and he knows that position is waiting for him whenever we have options at left back. He has my word.”
Spurs have been linked with a move for Real Madrid left back Fábio Coentrão in January to bolster the squad, but until Rose recovers from his toe injury, it's Vertonghen who will have to bite the bullet for his club as they continue their impressive start to the season.
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