Jamie Carragher left awestruck by Tottenham ace Micky van de Ven in Fulham win
Jamie Carragher is not unfamiliar with top-class defenders but even he had to sit up and take notice as Tottenham star Micky van de Ven put on a dominant performance against Fulham in the Premier League on Monday night.
While robust at the back and with pace to burn, Van de Ven is also a threat at the other end of the park. He played a key role in our opener last night and this has earned him rave reviews from Carragher.
The opener from Son Heung-min happened thanks to an error by Calvin Bassey. However, while Carragher gives those directly involved credit, he also stated the importance of Van de Ven breaking ranks to move into midfield in setting up the goal.
He made this observation while speaking to Monday Night Football on Sky Sports via football.london. The incident occurred in the first half when Bassey under pressure made a wayward pass into midfield.
Van de Ven showed incredible awareness to cut it off and place it into the path of Richarlison who then played Son through to put it in the back of the net. Van de Ven’s incredible control of the ball cannot be understated and made it easy for Richarlison to connect. Here is what Carragher had to say:
“You talk about being on the front foot, the centre-back Van de Ven says I’m going. He jumps into midfield, and that touch is out of this world from Van de Ven.”
Van de Ven has been a sensational addition to the Tottenham roster. He has been solid at the back and also scored the winner in the hard fourth win over Luton Town before the October international break.
The Dutchman also went close early on against Fulham but blazed his shot over the bar. Thankfully in the leadup to the opener, his touch was far more subtle.
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The 22-year-old is far from his best and will only get better with time. He could develop into one of the best defenders in the Premier League once he reached his prime. Hopefully, the potential does not go unrealised at Tottenham.