Mauricio Pochettino’s promise to build for the future at Tottenham was not an empty one.
Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen are the latest duo to commit to the club, joining a host of other stars in putting pen to paper on contract extensions this season.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 2, 2016
Kane’s was particularly significant because he’s likely to be in demand in the summer, whereas Vertonghen needed to extend because if he waited until the end of the season, he’d only have a year left on his current deal.
However, Vertonghen’s situation is very different to most other players who have taken the chance to pose with Pochettino.
— Jan Vertonghen (@JanVertonghen) December 2, 2016
Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, and Dele Alli all signed on until 2021, and Kane until 2022. Yet, Vertonghen has only been given an extra year, keeping him in north London until 2019.
That’s almost certainly because by that time, he’ll be 30, and he’s rather the exception to the Lilywhites’ generally young squad.
Yet, in Toby Alderweireld’s absence this season, he’s been absolutely vital, keeping the defence together as Eric Dier and Kevin Wimmer continue to struggle.