Football - Bale not irreplaceable - Vertonghen

Jan Vertonghen believes Tottenham's victory over Swansea proves they can flourish without winger Gareth Bale.


Spurs climbed to fourth in the Barclays Premier League after Vertonghen fired them to a 1-0 triumph with his first goal in the competition at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Bale has been sidelined for two weeks with a hamstring injury and failed to make the squad against the Swans and Tottenham are criticised for their lack of penetration in the Wales winger's absence.

But Vertonghen, a £12million summer signing from Ajax, believes Clint Dempsey has proved a capable deputy.

"Maybe we needed a little more width on the pitch but Clint has replaced Gareth very well, like he has done with all the strikers already," he said.

"Of course Gareth is a world class player, but we did well without him.

"We have a big squad but have had too many injuries. But even without those players we've played quite well. When everybody comes back we'll have a very strong team."

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