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Vertonghen: Dempsey Can Replace 'World Class' Bale

  • Metro, Tuesday, December 18, 2012 12:47 PM

Tottenham Hotspur climbed to fourth place in the English Premier League table on Sunday thanks to a finely taken goal from defender Jan Vertonghen. After the game, the Belgian noted that Spurs had adapted well to the absence of star winger Gareth Bale, particulary American Clint Dempsey, who replaced the Welshman on the left side of midfield. 

“Maybe we needed a little more width on the pitch but Clint has replaced Gareth very well,” Vertonghen 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 well.”

Bale has been sidelined for two weeks following a hamstring injury. 

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