Ramon Vega was a virtual unknown when he signed for Tottenham, other than an appearance for his country in the first game against England in Euro '96. A big, strong centre-half, he was thought to be an ideal partner in defence for Sol Campbell, but it didn't really turn out like that.
Vega's blunders became highlighted by the media and the fans and there was some unnecessary booing of his name during the naming of the team prior to kick off on some occasions. The player always tried his best, but for some fans that was not good enough. Ramon did win a lot of stuff in the air, but on the ground, he was a bit more suspect.His heart was obviously with Tottenham and he wanted the club to do well, but he needed to concentrate on his positional play and learn the right moment to play football out of defence and when to hoof it clear (c.f. Barnsley away in the league 97-98). Could sometimes be a dominant figure in the middle of the Spurs defence if he got things right.
The centre-half never seemed to see eye-to-eye with goalkeeper Walker on the pitch. Injury hit his 1998/99 season and restricted him to bit part performances, but when he played he has had his moments, but needed to perform more consistently to get a regular position in the side with more competition than ever at centre-half. George Graham's arrival signified an upturn in his form, including his solid performance in the Worthington Cup Final and THAT tackle on Heskey to keep it 0-0. His celebrations showed how much he loved it at Tottenham and what it meant to do well. Having flown straight to Switzerland for surgery, as he thought it might be a career threatening injury, Ramon than spent nine months out and in the following season he faced a battle with Perry for the berth alongside Sol in defence.
Following injury, Ramon was unable to find a way back into the first team, until injuries struck the defence and GG used him up against strong forwards. However, a run of errors and bad luck in conceding penalties saw his replacement by younger players.
Vega left Tottenham on 16th December 2000 to join Glasgow Celtic on a free transfer, where he won the Treble in the Scottish game, before ending up at Watford. Then moved to France to play for a little known side to end his career.
On leaving the game, Ramon opened up two soccer schools in Marbella Spain and West Yorkshire, while also having a business interest in a Romford jewellery shop and working as an investment consultant for an asset management company in the City of London. Fluent in five languages, the Swiss international already had a business degree in banking before he came to Tottenham.