Jan Vertonghen is ranked in the top 10 on the Castrol Index for FIFA Player Rankings at the 2014 World Cup.
Following the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil the Tottenham Hotspur and Belgium defender, Jan Vertonghen, is ranked at number 1o in the Castrol Index for players’ performances at the World Cup Finals. He is at Number 6 in the defenders’ rankings.
The Castrol Index
The FIFA web-site explains the Castrol Index as:
The Castrol Index uses the latest FIFA tracking technology to capture data on each player, which will then be analysed by a team of Castrol Performance Analysts. Every pass, tackle and move on the field is measured and assessed to see if it has a positive or negative impact on a team’s ability to score or concede a goal. The team of Castrol Performance Analysts crunch all the data to award each player a Castrol Index score out of 10 – the stronger the player’s performance, the higher their score.
Jan Vertonghen – No. 10
Jan Vertonghen was in the Belgium team which lost by a single goal to Argentina in the quarter-finals of the competition having started 4 of Belgium’s matches and coming off the bench in the other game.
Vertonghen missed the final two months of the season with Tottenham due to injury and the World Cup started disappointingly for Vertonghen. He conceded an early penalty as Algeria took a shock lead in their opening game and was omitted from the team for the next game. He returned as a first half substitute and gradually he displayed improved form.
He scored the only goal of the game in Belgium’s win against South Korea as they maintained their 100% record in the group stages. He put in a sterling performance as the Belgium side battled through the second half with only ten men and was an important member of the team which defeated the USA in extra-time in the last-16. In the quarter-final defeat he, like his team mates, battled against a well-organised Argentina team which scored early and were determined to hold on to their advantage. He put in a number of telling crosses but the final header was off target.
Vertonghen at Left-Back
Jan Vertonghen is regarded as an outstanding, composed, footballing central defender. He can play, however, at left back as he has done reluctantly in an emergency for Tottenham during the past two seasons and as he does regularly for the Belgium national team.
Vertonghen much prefers to play in central defence but the Belgium manager, Marc Wilmots, with an abundance of centre-backs, opted to play the veteran, 36-year-old, Bayern Munich defender, Daniel van Buyten, in the central position, selecting Vertonghen at left-back.
In a Belgium team which took an overly cautious approach and relied on late goals to snatch victory in their World Cup games, Vertonghen’s crosses from the left provided a dangerous threat in most games. In defence, at left-back, he is not at ease but coped with the threat posed by opposing teams.
- Jan Vertonghen was ranked as the 6th best defender in the 2014 World Cup, behind:
Raphael Varane (France) 3rd overall in the rankings,
Thiago Silva (Brazil) 4th overall,
Matt Hummels (Germany) (5th),
David Luiz (Brazil) (7th) and
Stefan de Virj (Holland) (9th)
Hugo Lloris was ranked as the 5th goalkeeper at the tournament.