According to a recent report from The London Evening Standard, it looks as though defender Toby Alderweireld will remain at Tottenham this month. The 29-year-old was heavily linked with a move away from North London over the summer given the situation surrounding his contract, what with the centre back’s current deal to expire in 12 months’ time, and while there is an option of a one-year trigger, it would bring a £25 million release clause into play.
And having failed to sign a new deal with the club, it looked for all the world that the Belgium international would be on his way out of Spurs this summer, which is why news that he is set to stay is likely to be the best news Tottenham fans have received in what has been a testing summer.
Ultimately, Mauricio Pochettino’s men became the first side in the history of the Premier League to not sign a player during the summer transfer window, a move which provoked some frustration among many Tottenham supporters.
Significantly though, the North Londoners didn’t sell any of their players during the English window despite speculation linking many of them with a move away, one of which being Alderweireld, who looked on course for a move to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.
And while keeping hold of him beyond the August 9 deadline came as welcome relief to Spurs fans, they weren’t out of the woods just yet given the European deadline is at the end of the month, but news that he is set to stay is sure to make the final week or so much easier for Tottenham fans.
Clearly, while he didn’t enjoy the best of seasons last time round as a result of injury, Alderweireld remains one of the best defenders in the Premier League, with the 29-year-old reminding everyone of his capabilities in producing a fine display in their 3-1 win over Fulham on Saturday.
Yes, Davinson Sanchez deserves great credit for coming in and then keeping the Belgian star out of the team last season, but there is little doubting that Spurs are a better side, certainly defensively, with Alderweireld in the team – a back three of the 29-year-old, Sanchez, and Jan Vertonghen is arguably the strongest in the division.
Thus, having endured a tricky summer given there were no new additions, alongside the recent setback regarding the new stadium, there hasn’t been loads for Tottenham fans to cheer in recent months – their side’s solid start to the new season will help raise the positivity though.
As will the news that Alderweireld looks set to stay at the club, which is surely the best news they have received in what has, on the whole, been a testing summer for their side.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!