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Alli close: Now Tottenham must seal an agreement with one of the PL’s best players

Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the 2018/19 Premier League campaign, what with their side seeking to build upon their impressive third place finish last term.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men deserve great credit for securing their third successive top four finish in the English top-flight last season, what with Spurs ending up third back in 2016, and then bettering that by finishing second the campaign after. However, the North Londoners finished a hefty 23 points adrift of champions Manchester City to suggest that a title challenge remains a way away, although some big additions over the summer could see Tottenham bridge that gap this time round.

As such, there are many excited and expectant Spurs supporters in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be thrilled by recent reports suggesting that Dele Alli is closing in on a new deal with the club.

And with an agreement with the England international seemingly close, Pochettino’s men must now turn their attentions to tying down one of the Premier League’s best players to a new contract with the club, namely defender Jan Vertonghen.

Ultimately, while teammate and compatriot Toby Alderweireld has often earned the plaudits for his efforts in the heart of the Tottenham back four, 31-year-old Vertonghen has played an equally-important role in helping Pochettino’s men become one of the best sides defensively in the Premier League.

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The Belgium international, who has started both of their World Cup games to date this summer, missed just one league game in their run to third place last season, and only five the campaign before in their runners-up effort behind champions Chelsea.

Clearly, Vertonghen is one of the best defenders and thus best players in the Premier League, and if Spurs are to indeed lose Alderweireld this summer given his current contract situation, they absolutely cannot afford to lose his compatriot.

The 31-year-old is a hugely influential player in this Tottenham team and one that wouldn’t be easily replaced, with the Belgian ace arguably one of the best defenders with the ball at his feet, and equally as adept in the more defensive side of the game.

And with the young Davinson Sanchez alongside him, Vertonghen is the perfect mentor for the ex-Ajax star, yet he continues to produce the goods on a week-by-week basis to also underline his status as one of the best in the country – he’s clearly a vital member of the squad.

As such, with a new deal for Alli seemingly in the offing, another one of Tottenham’s more integral players after another decent campaign, Spurs must now seek to seal an agreement regarding the future of Vertonghen, one of the best players in the Premier League.

Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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