From “Terrific Toby” to “Absent Alderweireld” what is next for the Spurs star?

Out of favour, Tottenham star Toby Alderweireld has been an absent figure this season, despite being dubbed “the best centre-half in the world” last season by Paul Merson the Belgian stalwart has rarely featured this term. This had led to speculation that Alderweireld is keen to leave with PSG, Chelsea and Manchester United all interested.

 

While in seasons past the Belgian has been out of this world, this term it has been a different story.

The 6ft 1 centre-half is integral to Tottenham’s recent success, last season the Lillywhite’s kept the best defence in the Premier League ahead of eventual Champions Chelsea. Alderweireld having spent time at some of Europe’s best developers in world football in Ajax, Atletico Madrid and Southampton has the talent in spades with pace, good reading of the game and terrific tackles all synonymous with the Belgian brute.

Yet the crux of the problem is that Alderweireld is 29 years-old, with the player sensing that he hasn’t got too many “good” years left in him is after a new mega-money contract. Something that Tottenham with a strict wage structure, are unlikely to grant to the player.

Due to Alderweireld’s conduct and demands boss, Mauricio Pochettinho has dropped the defender being relegated to FA cup games such as against League 2 club Newport County.

If Tottenham are missing their brilliant Belgian the team aren’t showing it, summer signing Davison Sanchez has filled in brilliantly for the North London based side. £42 million is by no means a small amount of money to spend on a defender let alone a 21-year-old! But the Colombian centre-back has performed brilliantly aiding Tottenham to keep 14 clean sheets this season, joint 3rd best this season.

 

Despite questions upon his signature Davison Sanchez has been a stellar buy this season.

It seems that Tottenham will let the player go, and there is no shortage of suitors. PSG see Alderweireld to be the long-term successor to Thiago Silva, and the cash-rich Parisians have no qualms about granting Alderweireld his reported £2 million a year contract.

Closer to home he could continue his life in London joining Chelsea, who could be set for as many as 8 new players and a new manager ahead of the 2018/2019 season. Further Afield Manchester United could be another viable option, Jose Mourinho has not been impressed this season with his defence this season. Should the Belgian jump ship to Old Trafford it could spark the end for English duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

If in a turn of events that the star fails to jump ship this summer Alderweireld has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave in 2019 for just £25 million, and should no suitors come knocking the player is available to leave on a free transfer in 2020.

Whatever is next for Toby Alderweireld in his club career his international career hangs in the balance, despite his class it is unclear whether he will play in the 2018 World Cup which could be his last taste of World Cup Action. Wherever the 6ft 1 Belgian heads to next one thing is assured, that forwards that face him will be quaking in their boots when nearing the Brilliant Belgian!

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Lewis Holman
Journalist from London, from Amsterdam to the Ibrox I'll cover it all. Football is the beautiful game and I intend to play it. Heading to the University of Gloucestershire to study sports journalism, follow my adventures!