Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker has heaped praise on team-mate Jan Vertonghen following his spectacular debut season at White Hart Lane and has compared him to a Rolls Royce.
The 26-year-old defender has been one of Spurs' most consistent performers this term, making 44 appearances and scoring six times in all competitions, with his form recognised by his inclusion in the PFA Team of the Year.
Vertonghen's versatility, which has seen him operate at both centre-back and left-back throughout the campaign, has been of great benefit to manager Andre Villas-Boas - and Parker has been hugely impressed with the former Ajax star's overall contribution.
The Belgian defender is very strong when it comes to tackling and has made an average of three tackles per game in the league. He has proven useful going forward with four assist and six goals which is noteworthy for a defender. He is able to dribble himself out of a tight situation, has good concentration which makes him less susceptible to mistakes and has a good ball interception rate of three per game on average.
"You probably wouldn’t expect me to say anything else, but Jan’s been nothing short of fantastic, an unbelievable player," the England international told the club's official website. "He shows great composure on the ball, works hard, is an athlete and you’ve seen the goals he’s scored as well.
"He's been massive for us this season and you can only see him getting stronger and stronger.
"Technically, he's a very gifted footballer. He’s like a Rolls Royce, he glides around the pitch so effortlessly, he can step out with the ball and he’s nicked a few goals as well. That’s invaluable."
At 26, Vertonghen surely has yet to reach his peak as a defender and perhaps a couple more seasons at Spurs would turn him into a world-class defender. He has already made a huge impact with 44 appearances for his club and will surely continue his good form into next season.
As of now, surely he would be concentrating on pushing for a Champions League spot for his club.
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