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Opinion: Tottenham should capitalise on potential availability of Boateng if Alderweireld leaves

The future of Toby Alderweireld has been concerning Tottenham for a while, and with good reason. The Belgian has yet to follow in the footsteps of many of his teammates by signing a new deal, and that, naturally, has left his future in an uncertain state. 

It’s more uncertain now than ever, owing to reports linking him with a move to one of the Lilywhites’ Premier League rivals. According to the Independent, Man Utd are keen on the Belgian defender.

Mourinho, clearly, needs to improve his defence, and he seems to view the experienced 29-year-old as the perfect option. Amidst the likes of Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, there is no doubting that the German would be a major upgrade for a club that is looking to challenge for the title next season.

Losing Alderweireld would be a blow for Spurs, but they could find the perfect replacement in the form of Jerome Boateng. The Independent report that he’s keen to leave the club. Indeed, he’s one of Man Utd’s alternatives to Alderweireld – and a move for the German could see Spurs replace Alderweireld with ease.

After all, both defenders aren’t youngsters, and so they come with years of experience at the highest level. Pochettino typically prefers to sign young players and sell older veterans, but that only works to a certain point. It’s important that he doesn’t simply have a squad of players with potential. Instead, he needs a core group of players with the experience and the know-how of winning titles. Boateng’s trophy cabinet is full to the brim, and so he’d certainly fit that.

He’s also, simply put, a tremendous player. Very technical, he’d be right at home in Mauricio Pochettino’s team, with a focus on passing and ball-play. Indeed, playing out from the back has been a core component of his game over the years, and so he’d be comfortable in this team, without a doubt.

Not to mention, he’s also well-versed in the Champions League, which is a competition that Mauricio Pochettino will be eager to make an impact in next season. His time with Man City previously also means that he’d be able to adjust back to the Premer League comfortably. Naturally, then, experience won’t be a problem.

In truth, replacing Alderweireld with Boateng would, in many ways, be a sizeable upgrade for the Lilywhites, and it’s an opportunity they can’t pass up if he leaves. WIth the club set to move into a new stadium next year, they need to sign big names to match their raised expectations – and Boateng would fit the bill.

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