Who should make way for “absolute top transfer” Jan Vertonghen in Anderlecht defense? | Jupiler Pro League

Who should make way for “absolute top transfer” Jan Vertonghen in Anderlecht defense? | Jupiler Pro League
Who should make way for “absolute top transfer” Jan Vertonghen in Anderlecht defense? | Jupiler Pro League


Fri 02 September 2022

12:00

A Red Devil with 139 caps at Anderlecht. It should be clear that Jan Vertonghen was not brought in to sit on the bench. Only: who has to make way for the permanent trio in the back? Club legend Olivier Deschacht makes the assessment: “I suspect that Wesley Hoedt will have to slide.”

Olivier Deschacht should not doubt for a second whether Jan Vertonghen is a good addition to Anderlecht.

“A top transfer”, says the Purple & White record man. “Perhaps one of the best acquisitions of the past ten years. Especially with his leadership and charisma he will help the youngsters at Anderlecht enormously.”

In addition, Deschacht knows that his 35-year-old former teammate has not lost any of his ambition. “Jan will want to show himself in the Belgian league. He still looks very sharp and is looking forward to it. He will want to be in top form, especially with the World Cup ahead.”

For Mazzu it will be a hard choice to make anyway. Although the arrival of Vertonghen was necessary.

Olivier Deschacht

But whose spot will Vertonghen take? In recent weeks, Felice Mazzu has always stuck to a fixed trio in the back: Zeno Debast, Wesley Hoedt and Hannes Delcroix.

“I suspect Hoedt will have to shift,” said Deschacht. “Then Vertonghen can best fulfill his role as libero in the three-man defense and send the young men next to him. Moreover, Hoedt played a weak match against Union.”

“For Mazzu it will be a hard choice to make anyway. Although the arrival of Vertonghen was necessary. The backwash was particularly thin, especially with the busy European weeks approaching.”

Deschacht and Vertonghen together at the Red Devils.

The article is in Dutch

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