Belgium has been a rock at the heart of the north Londoners’ back four four since moving to the Lane last year.
Versatile Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has once again hit out at head coach Andre Villas-Boas for playing the Belgium out of position at left back at White Hart Lane of late, according to the Daily Mail.
The highly rated centre back has been asked to fill in in an unfamiliar left-back role recently due to an injury picked up by first-choice full-back Danny Rose back in September.
However, the experienced Belgium international has now urged the Portuguese to push ahead with plans to sign a new left back when the winter transfer window opens again for business in the new year, with the north London club having been heavily linked with in-demand Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao since the summer.
In fact, Villas-Boas even tried to include the Portugal international as part of the deal that saw Gareth Bale move to the Santiago Bernabeu, only for Coentrao to instead decide to remain in the Spanish capital and fight for his place in the los Blancos starting lineup this campaign.
Either way, though, Vertonghen is desperate for Spurs to bring in more cover in that position at the turn of the year so that the 26-year-old can then return to his more familiar role in central defence.
“We have had some injuries on the left of defence at Tottenham this season, and it has often been down to me to fill the gap,” said Vertonghen.
‘Tottenham pay my wages, so I have to accept it, but it doesn’t suit me, and the club know how much I want to play centre half.
“I think I have done enough to deserve a place there now, ideally for every game.”