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Monday, 4 June 2012

Vertonghen versus Vermaelen

With the inclusion of Titus Bramble's lawyer  you've got 
three top class defenders there.
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The Greg Meyer Column
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 Sunday June 3 2012 .. Rafael's Birthday.
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 Vertonghen versus Vermaelen versus Titus Bramble.
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 The name on every Spurs fan's lips.Not Luka Modric but Jan Vertonghen and you can bet every England fan of a North London persuasion was watching his every move at a certain Wembley International on Saturday.
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Lets just suppose that for once we don't stuff up what appears a nailed on Premier third place, oops that is meant to read, a fantastic replacement for our retiring Rolls Royce in a transfer window which officially starts on July 1. Given all the deals already done, Hazard, Podolski etc you'd be forgiven for thinking that date is an aim for golf green only.
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Thomas Vermaelen and Jan Vertonghen share a lot besides both being Belgian footballers. So our pub had a happy session debating the respective merits of the "Vers". Beats a round table discussion on the Diamond Jubilee surely. Mind if it was the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot and a certain Black Caviar we might differ.
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So who is he and why would we want him?
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A Certain Arsenal Centre Back vs a Hoped For Spurs Centre Back.
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For starters both were born in Belgian but Thomas V is 17 months older than Jan V. He's also shorter being 6 feet compared to Jan's almost 6 feet 3 inches.
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Vermaelen joined Arsenal in 2009 for around 9 million pounds. Ajax reputedly want 12 million for Vertonghen who has 1 year of his contract left. Arsene certainly has some wheeler dealer skills. Hopefully Daniel gets his man albeit seems prices have gone up. Is that reflected in the respective quality of the "Vers".
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The Similarities.
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* Both are graduates of the Ajax Football Academy and both joined from the Belgian club Germinal Beerschot.
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* Both played together at Ajax and both have captained the famous Dutch side. They each played centre back or left back with Vertonghen featuring as a defensive midfielder as well. Vermaelen succeeded Huntelaar whilst Vertonghen took over from "The Cannibal of Ajax." He, the hungry one, went to Liverpool and moved on from biting players to regaling them with terms of Uruguayan endearment. Just ask Patrice Evra.
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Actually Martin Stekeelenburg had a short stint after Luis. He left for Roma . Nothing to do with his culinary habits.
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* Both like going forward and scoring goals. Vermaelen scored 10 for Ajax and netted 6 times for Arsenal last seson. Vertonghen has scored 28 for Ajax thus far. Ten goals last season. Hmm.
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* Both are accomplished left footers. Anyone recall that 25 yard bullet from Vermaelen against Blackburn Roversin 2009. Vertonghen too looks assured and comfortable moving from defence to attack.
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* Both present as role models neither courting controversey. Both still single and going strong.
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So Whats Different.
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Seemingly not a lot, age and height apart.
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Perhaps the biggest question mark lies over their Premier league capabilities. Vermaelen arrived nigh on 3 years ago and achilles apart has proved a class act particularly going forward.
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Vertonghen arrives at a similar age in his career and from an objective Kent pub perspective has all the credentials to be a big success for Spurs.
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Don't just take our word for it. here's two quotes from Frank de Boer now manager of Ajax  ...
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                          May 3, 2012        " He's the perfect fit for Barcelona." Of course he would say that given Frank is an ex Barcelona great.    Daily Mail.
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                         April 3, 2012         " Vertonghen is better than Vermaelen."  Lots of Papers.And from a different point of view.
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                         June 3, 2012         " His lack of a Wheelchair driving licence is not fatal to his prospects for success."    Ledley King Esquire.
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Only kidding but you gather our drift I'm sure. Ledley of Rolls and Royce is a legend here ...
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At A Kent Pub.
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Collective fingers crossed the transfer happens sooner. Our lawyer reckons it will be a real morale boost given the touted interest of our North London neighbours.
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Speaking of Arsenal ,
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 "Mum's the word.' Well according to reports Mum van Persie, Jose, has told  wife Bouchra, who has told daughter Dina, that respective son, husband and father should stay at Arsenal and stay away from that nasty Manchester City place. The female factor. Will it be enough. Maybe. Why would you want to live in Manchester. Sorry Mancunians only joking.
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Speaking of Jokes and World Class Defenders..
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As regular readers will know our pub have a real soft spot for one Titus Bramble. So just before we down a final pint and grab our hats , three lighthearted comments on his acquittal of criminal matters on Teeside ...
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" Arsenal have identified TItus Bramble's lawyer as a top prioritory signing this window. What a class defender."
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" Titus Bramble cleared of charges. It used to be only the talented footballers who got away with that stuff."       and finally ..
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"Titus Bramble cleared of all charges. It could be worse. You could have John Terry in your team."
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Cheers  ... as you can see no hard feelings towards Chelsea grabbing our spot... Greg Meyer.              PS Rafa Nadal is 26 years today.    coys.


Video Spot.
It's a tense time of year for everyone after a brilliantly disappointing season in the true Spurs tradition. So here's Tottenham fan and top man  Michael McIntyre to give us a different slant on things Tottenham. Chillax people.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

as a gooner reading this i thought it was pretty good. i think the only way we'll know who is better is when vertonghen finally comes to the premier league and we can compare performance.

Anonymous said...

the expected new player for spurs is the better player.there have been some negative reports from arsenal on their dutch import.the signing for spurs may equal "the forsyth saga"for length.stop leaving us in suspense.

Anonymous said...

Vermaelen is the better better. Of course Frank de Boer would favour Vertonghen when he's still at Ajax and they're looking for more money than has been offered. There's a reason every coach has kept Vermaelen at centre back (and was captain until he had a long term injury) while Vertonghen plays left back.

Vermaelen had a few shaky games last season, but has usually been excellent for Arsenal and proven at the highest level. Vertonghen is quality, but the only thing he has over Vermaelen is more versatility.

Anonymous said...

From a gooners point of view this was quite good. Only thing I would say is that tommy v and kompany are at the heart of belgiums defence whereas vertonghen has to settle for left back. Verminator all the way.

Ed Moloney said...

Back to basics for a moment. If only this could be true: http://www.caughtoffside.com/2012/06/03/tottenham-boss-harry-redknapp-linked-with-vacant-chelsea-post-as-uncertainty-reigns-supreme-at-white-hart-lane/

Anonymous said...

I'm a gooner and both are class acts but noway is vertonghen better than the verminator! At ajax and the national team tommy v always played cb even tho he is shorter...so that shows that he is the better defender. Vertonghen maybe the better footballer tho and can play more positions.
I dont think he would want to come to arsenal to be be 3rd/4th choice CB! Also where is the proof arsenal are even in for him?? Spuds manager/chief exec and everyone else have all spoke about him, nobody properly connected to arsenal has even mentioned him!
also i keep hearing he is a spuds fan anyways! very strange as usually foreigners only support the big teams...arsenal, liverpool, man u and now due to money..man citeh/chelskis. so if he is a true spurs fan then why would he even want to come to arsenal??? still confused why supposed arsenal fans arry, bale, defoe and half your team ended up at spurs...must have taken a wrong turn in north london!! or not good enough for arsenal.
but fair play, when u sign him he will be a good signing! he is not welcome at arsenal tho for saying spurs are his 1st choice! enough said! good luck on thursday nights!! hahaah

Anonymous said...

Well its a tough one really.
I'm an Arsenal fan and Vermaelen has been less that assuring at the back in a few games last season, but it's no coincidence that Arsenal's best run was when the full back four were fit and only ended bad as Arteta was injured.
But when you look at it, no one in the Dutch League is near the quality of the Drogba's, Rooney's, Aguero's Tevez's and many more that Vermaelen has to deal with.
It's a tough one to see as Vertonghen hasn't played in the Premier League, but I think it's fair to say, the best defender in the League after Kompany is Koscielny. And even Spurs fans have to admit that one!

Alex

Ed Moloney said...

Jimmy,
Why are there so many gooners on this site? Don't you have a filter or something to keep them away?

JimmyG2 said...

Ed.Molony.
This is Greg's column but it seems to me that the Arsenal fans we have attracted are extremely civilised, and even sensible and they are very welcome.
Harry to Chelsea. I think not.

Ed Moloney said...

The words Arsenal and civilized do not compute, Jimmy! Ref Harry I did say 'if only'...... One is allowed to dream.
Who's Greg?

JimmyG2 said...

Ed Molony
See top of column. He's my co-blogger who I met on 'Topspurs'and share by kind encouragement of Jim Duggan. He's been blogging on 'Spurs Musings' for about 18 months and is a fine upstanding Spurs fan and friend.
Arsenal fans are just the same as us; they just support the wrong team and need help and understanding rather than abuse.

Ed Moloney said...

Jimmie,
Sometimes people are beyond help & understanding; in the case of those who are offered and reject it, abuse becomes the only alternative. It is also therapeutic for those of us who have been on the receiving end of Gooner arrogance for far too long. It is this, incidentally, which explains so much of the current hostility to 'Arry. Leaving aside the episode of the England non-manager job, he had the chance at Villa to make up for it, to stick the knife into Goonerdom but chose self-interest instead, i.e. a safe, fourth-place ensuring draw. That's why a lot of us cannot forgive; nor will we forget.

Ed Moloney said...

Interesting piece on 'Arry here:
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1212154-tottenham-hotspur-should-hold-redknapps-feet-to-the-fire-over-his-contract?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=tottenham-hotspur

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