WITH CHAMPIONS League football almost out of the question for next year Tottenham Hotspur could be dealt another cruel blow.
If Spurs fans thought it couldn’t get any worse they could be about to lose one of their better players as failing to qualify for Europe’s premier competition starts to bite.
Jan Vertonghen has proved in recent seasons to be one of the best defenders in the Barclays Premier League, with his ability to play centre back, left back and defensive midfield one of his many strengths. However if reports are to be believed he could soon be making the move to Seria A.
Roma based newspaper Il Messaggero has stated that with Champions League football guaranteed for the Giallorossi next season, the club have started their summer transfer plans, with Vertonghen at the front of the queue.
The big question is: will be quit White Hart Lane?
It is no secret that the Belgian international is unhappy in North London, with his body language and facial expression clearly evident just before Spurs were thumped 4-0 by Liverpool last month. Since that game Vertonghen hasn’t played due to an ongoing injury problem and it remains to be seen whether or not he will line at the heart of the Tottenham defence again.
Soon after that game at Anfield, social media went into overdrive with many Spurs fans voicing their discontent at the way Vertonghen behaved. Some even went as far as to say they didn’t want to see him in the famous Lilywhite shirt again. They may just get their wish.
Football fans can be fickle at times but there is a real possibility that Vertonghen has played his last game for the club. With Champions League football out of the question, and Tim Sherwood being relieved of his duties at the end of the season, the club is currently stuck in a rut.
And Vertonghen could be the first to jump ship.
No one could blame him in wanting to leave after a disastrous season. A season in which started with so much hope and expectation has delivered very little. In truth the former Ajax man hasn’t looked the same since Andre Villas Boas was shown the door in December.
The only blame that can be levied at Vertonghen’s feet is his attitude shown since AVB’s sacking, with many fans angered by his lack of professionalism.
Roma have had a very successful season under Rudi Garcia and find themselves comfortably in second place. With Champions League football guaranteed for next season the Frenchman wants to improve his defence this summer, and with Vertonghen refusing to commit his long-term future to Spurs, Roma are at the front of the queue to acquire his services.
This summer will see plenty of ins and outs at White Hart Lane – starting with the manager. It remains to be seen who that will be, but you can be sure that one of the first to go through the exit door is Jan Vertonghen. Will it be to Rome?