LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Jan Vertonghen of Belgium runs with the ball during the international friendly match between England and Belgium at Wembley Stadium on June 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
No more waiting for the Jan Vertonghen transfer to become officially official! The transfer saga that would never end finally ended today when Vertonghen passed his medical and signed his contract. He's a Tottenham Hotspur player, wearing Tottenham Hotspur's snazzy new training gear, and he posed for a super duper sexy picture with Andre Villas-Boas and Gylfi Sigurdsson, the club's other two newest acquisitions, on the official club website.
Tottenham have completed three great pieces of business before the middle of July, uncharacteristic for them, but there's still a lot to be done. Even if the expected transfer of Emmanuel Adebayor is completed, Spurs still need another striker. If Luka Modric heads to Real Madrid without Nuri Sahin or Fernando Gago coming the other way, the team needs to add a midfielder with some passing skills as well.
This move seriously solidifies the defense, though, and it's great to add a young player at the peak of his game, especially one that fits right into what Villas-Boas wants to do. His distribution from the back is incredible and even though he's not the fastest guy in the world, he certainly has better change of direction skills and straight-line speed than either Michael Dawson or Ledley King.
I remain in a constant state of disbelief that Tottenham are doing business in July, and I'm wondering why the hell we've been a team that waits until the last week of August to do anything for so long.