Tottenham Hotspur have put a framework in place that looks set to breed success in the Premier League, with a tactically astute and well-liked manager backed by a group of hungry young players.
The North London club have been busy ensuring that this contingent sticks together in recent weeks, with the likes of Eric Dier, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and now Kyle Walker extending their contracts at White Hart Lane.
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There is talk in the press that Mauricio Pochettino’s men are not done there and the likes of Erik Lamela, Jan Vertonghen and Harry Kane will also be offered improved deals at the Premier League side.
However, one under-rated but critical player in the Spurs set-up is Toby Alderweireld – with the Belgian the bedrock of the club’s new defensive solidarity.
It is not a coincidence that Tottenham finished third last season in the 27-year-old’s first season at the club, with the former Atletico Madrid enforcer a key element to Pochettino’s side.
A no-nonsense defender with reading of the game that is second-to-none and bravery to boot, Alderweireld is undoubtedly one of the Premier League’s most able central defenders.
His partnership with compatriot and former Ajax team-mate Jan Vertonghen has been crucial for Spurs but is has been the former Southampton loanee’s introduction that has seen Tottenham become more defiant at the back.
Alderweireld signed a five-year deal with the London club last summer when he moved from Atletico and as such is is forgivable to state that other Spurs players will be higher up the priority list in terms of renewing deals currently.
However, if Daniel Levy and the powers that be at White Hart Lane are smart they would be wise to offer the Belgium international improved terms – for two reasons.
Alderweireld literally NEVER has a below average game. It’s truly amazing watching him play. Best CB in the league without a doubt ?
— Simply Spurs (@Simply_Spurs) September 18, 2016
The first is that Alderweireld is critical to the Tottenham set-up and deserves to be recognised as such with an improved contract – even though he has four years to run on his current deal.
The second is that there are plenty of Premier League rivals that would love to have a defender of the Belgian’s calibre in their backline but a new deal would ensure that the star centre-half remains an integral part of Spurs’ ongoing project under Pochettino.