Written by @nporter8
Toby Alderweireld the 27-year-old centre back for Tottenham Hotspur is in his 2nd year at the club and quickly has established himself as one of the first names on the team sheet. You can judge a players importance by the reaction of the fans when they get an injury. On Saturday afternoon all Spurs supporters held their collective breath when Alderweireld seemed to fall awkwardly. He left the game on a stretcher and looked in some considerable pain. This would be the 1st time Spurs fans might have to go without Alderweireld since he joined the club in 2015. Seen as one of the best centre backs in the Premier League right now, fans were praying for a miracle and hoping he wouldn’t be out for a long period of time.
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Alderweireld is part of a succesful Spurs defence, which in itself is unheard of. Spurs fans will openly admit that defending was never their team’s strong point. Last season they boasted the best defence in the league, and have started this season in similar fashion. Alderweireld has all the attributes for an excellent centre back, but also has a great passing range and is superbly consistent. He only committed 9 fouls in the Premier League last season. He is a threat in the opposition’s penalty areas scoring four goals last season, including one against Arsenal. His ability on the ball fits perfectly into the way Spurs like to play. He averaged 54 passes a game and had over 238 accurate long balls, two of which were assists for Dele Alli. Alderweireld’s personal accolades included Player of the Season at Tottenham, in the Premier League and Europa League team’s of the season.
The one piece of play that showed what a player Alderweireld is came against Borussia Dortmund at home in the Europa League. Patrick Aubameyang known for his pace was seemingly clean through on goal, Alderweireld came out of nowhere to tackle him cleanly in the penalty area. Then he proceeded to do a Cruyff turn around an on rushing attacker and then side stepped another and calmly passed the ball forward. In those 30 seconds he displayed everything that makes him such a special talent. He has over 60 caps for Belgium and will be in his peak if they make the 2018 World Cup. This generation of Belgium footballers have great potential and will be looking to be contenders. Being played at centre back for club and country will only enhance his blossoming reputation.
Spurs fans can exhale, their prayers were answered his scan from Monday came back all clear. He will soon be taking his rightful place in the Spurs lineup. Every fan will be hoping that he stays at Spurs for the long-term and reach legendary status.
Where does the Belgium defender rank in terms of being one of the best in the league? Let us know in the comments below!
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