Date: 15th August 2019 at 6:40am
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One unexpected omission by manager Mauricio Pochettino when he selected his Tottenham Hotspur starting XI for the Premier League opener against Aston Villa last weekend, was Jan Vertonghen sitting the game out in the stands.

Pochettino Denies There Was An “Issue” Behind Unexpected Squad Selection For Villa

With plenty of claims in the press, not least a recent claim by the Daily Mail that the 32-year-old Belgian centre-half had been left out because his fitness wasn’t right – which then suddenly morphed into unsubstantiated suggestions that the player was now “Fuming” after he was axed – fans can probably safely assume it was tactical.

If the ‘fuming’ reports are right, with the unquoted statements that teammates were surprised to see him remain at the stadium, I’m guessing we’d have seen better photos of his claimed ‘anger’ as he watched on.

Fans were mixed as they took to social media to react to the ongoing reports, but as a few pointed out, we all know Verts is professional and the Manchester City selection will probably tell us the truth of the matter.

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