One of the most worn out discussions relating to Premier League managers is, who is the best in the transfer market when factoring budgets and club appeal? David Moyes is one manager that repeatedly gets praised for both his scouting network and transfer policy.
Players such as Neville, Arteta, Cahill, Gosling, Piennar and Fellaini are all examples of Moyesâ€™ nous when it comes to the transfer market. The latest name that the Toffees are linked to is that of Jan Vertonghen, Ajaxâ€™s 22-year-old central defender.
The Belgian moved to the Joden in his early teens to take advantage of the unparalleled football education that the Dutch team provides. He made his way through the youth and reserve teams before making his first team debut in 2006.
He made three appearances that season, before he was loaned to RKC Waalwijk for the remainder of the campaign to get regular first team action. At RKC he played 12 matches, scoring three goals.
The following season was a difficult one for Vertonghen. He was unable to dislodge the partnership of John Heitinga and Thomas Vermaelen. It was not until Heitinga left for Atletico Madrid that Vertonghen broke through and became Vermaelen’s partner in central defence. In total, he has made a total of 89 appearances and scored seven goals for the Godenzonen.
At 6ft 2inches the Belgian may seem like the archetypal centre back. However, the famed Ajax set up puts great emphasis on versatility and Vertonghen is able to play as a left back and in central midfield.
He possesses great strength and aerial ability, a must if he is to succeed in the Premier League. Although he is not the quickest, he does have excellent positional sense and is capable of making successful last ditch tackles.
As befits a player who is capable of playing in midfield for his national team, Vertonghen possess excellent technical ability and is comfortable on the ball. (A brilliant Vertonghen pirouette against FC TWente from back in February can be seen here.) Although he still learning his trade, his leadership skills have come to the fore and he shows no fear in organising the defence and ordering older players around the field.
Vertonghen has great potential and is considered one of the top European prospects. If David Moyes is able to get his hands on him he will be an excellent acquisition for the Blues. With Barcelona and Real Madrid said to be watching the young defender, the up and coming transfer window will be an excellent time to prise him away from Ajax.
Here at 101gg we believe that he will have a great future in the game and will become a world class defender.
Video evidence can be seen here.