Former Tottenham captain King backs Vertonghen for centre-back role

Ledley King believes Jan Vertonghen has what it takes to make a centre-back berth with Tottenham Hotspur his own when his temporary left-back duties come to an end, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Vertonghen has recently been deputising for the injured pair Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Kyle Naughton but the latter is approaching a return to action, potentially freeing Vertonghen to return to his more natural central defensive role, the one which King made his own during a long playing career with Spurs that was curtailed by injury this summer.

Having arrived at White Hart Lane at around the same time King called time on his playing days, Vertonghen has been backed by King as a long-term fixture in the heart of the Spurs defence. He said: “He uses his body well and I want to see that part of Jan. I look forward to seeing more of him. I’ve been impressed with his calmness, he’s very good on the ball.

The Mirror adds that King could get his wish when Tottenham compete in the Europa League on Thursday as William Gallas is likely to miss the match with Maribor due to a hamstring injury. In that event Vertonghen could partner Steven Caulker as Andre Villas-Boas’ centre-back pairing.

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