Vertonghen sees Tottenham title challenge

New Tottenham Hotspur signing Jan Vertonghen believes the club can compete this season for the Premier League title, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Tottenham put forth a brief claim to the championship last season under Harry Redknapp when at one point they threatened to make it a three-way fight with eventual winners Manchester City and runners-up Manchester United, but Spurs fell away to leave the city rivals battling it out.

Vertonghen, who moved to White Hart Lane this summer from Ajax, believes that under the guidance of new Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas, Tottenham can resume their title challenge and maintain it a little while longer.

Last year, in the first six or seven months, [Spurs] were up for the title,” Vertonghen said, adding: “After that it was not that well, but this year I think we will compete a few months longer.” The 25-year-old is no stranger to title challenges, captaining Ajax to victory in the Eredivisie last season.

Ajax’s victory in the Dutch league last season was their second consecutive title and 31st overall, leaving the Amsterdam side as the Netherlands’ most successful club. PSV Eindhoven are Ajax’s nearest challenges with 21 titles to their name.

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