He's been itching for one since the back end of last season, his forays and runs toward the opposition area when he kind of just slaloms forward with the ball have increased somewhat a bit more like when he first joined. He scored a few in his first season, I reckon he's maybe been taking a little stick off the guys as it's been a long time now.
This is no slight on Toby who was player of season 15/16, but Jan was even better than him last year and has started the same this year. He's at the very apex of his craft.
As for his reactions, his general demeanour makes me laugh on quite a regular basis. He can be a little sly at times and draw players into altercations that they usually come out the other end of with a card or a foul against them. Sometimes, he looks at other players and officials with this face of absolute derision that makes me giggle.
His generally measured way of holding himself exudes a laid back calmness, almost haughty intelligence and slight arrogance. I dunno, I regularly find myself chuckling at certain small mannerisms he does on the pitch.
in the first half Salah kept getting the better of Aurier. In the second half it looked like Jan was tasked to keep an eye on Salah and by great positional play, as against the sheer pace of Aurier, he was always one step ahead so snubbing out the most dangerous player on their side
The way i saw the game mate after Salah got his goal any joy he got was not out of Verts - any time those two came together Jan came out on top every single time - i cannot think of any of incident outside of his goal he got the better of Verts.
I remember him having a few difficult years under AVB, but ever since Poch arrived, he has been steadily improving to the point where he is now arguably one of the best CBs in Europe. He's so aggressive and progressive from the backline, which suits our high-line, high-pressing system perfectly. His positional sense, awareness and decision making enables him to break in front of the opposition attacker, often intercepting the ball before either passing or pushing on himself. He did this countless times yesterday.
On the ball, he at least equals some of the best ball-playing centre-backs in Europe. Skilful, composed, with a burst of acceleration - he is vital to the way we play. Couple that with a very good passing range and he is proving to be the perfect all-round defender.
Alderweireld may get all the plaudits, but Super Jan has been just as good.