The Tottenham Hotspur fans are growing increasingly concerned by rumours concerning the future of Toby Alderweireld, but there is plenty of reason to suggest their fears are unfounded.
Mauricio Pochettino took his side to Italy on Tuesday night for a Champions League last-sixteen clash against Juventus in Turin which announced their arrival on a massive stage, proving their class against a genuine European powerhouse. Juventus have been in excellent form in Serie A in recent weeks with 8 wins from their last 8 fixtures in which they’ve conceded just 1 goal, though Spurs managed to break them down a come away with a 2-2 draw.
In anticipation for Tottenham’s midweek fixture, The Guardian published a report which stated that Toby Alderweireld had not travelled with the squad to Italy due to concerns over his fitness. The Belgian international is one of, if not the best central defender at the club, but he has spent the vast majority of the season on the sideline so far with a troublesome hamstring injury.
Alderweireld (valued at £31.5 million by Transfermarkt) was ruled out at the end of October, and since the beginning of his prolonged absence, he has made just 1 appearance against Newport County in Tottenham’s 4th round FA Cup replay last week.
Despite his clear lack of match-fitness ahead of his side’s trip to Juventus, his future has since been thrown into doubt by the British media who claim that his failure to travel suggests he could be on the way out of the club at the end of the season.
This factor combined with Pochettino’s erratic response when he was asked about Alderweireld’s omission from the matchday squad to face Arsenal have been used as key explanations to suggest his future is in doubt, but the rumours are quite frankly preposterous considering the circumstances.
After over 3 months on the sidelines, there is no way anybody associated with the club can expect Alderweireld to instantly return to the first-team line-up for fixtures of the magnitude of a North-London derby and a Champions League tie in Turin.
To further compound the argument, Tottenham’s centre-back pairing of Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez have formed a stable partnership of late, whilst Eric Dier has the ability to fill in at the heart of defence if either of the aforementioned players were to collect an injury.
There is nothing more to read into Alderweireld’s absence other than the fact that he is yet to reach the level of fitness that is required to compete in a high-intensity match, so Spurs fans should ignore the speculation and look forward to his imminent return.