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Unsung Hero: Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld remains anonymous but influential versus Brighton

Unsung Hero: Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld remains anonymous but influential versus Brighton

Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 with one Spurs man managing to remain quiet yet influential.

The Lilywhites went behind after Adam Webster rose highest to nod the Seasiders in front after a cross from Pascal Gross (via BBC)

However, everything soon changed after half-time when a deflection saw the ball land at the feet of Harry Kane, who slotted home for his eighth goal in five Boxing Day games.

Jose Mourinho’s side then took the lead after a cross from Serge Aurier was lobbed in, cleverly, by Dele Alli, who made it four goals in his seven appearances under Jose Mourinho.

Lucas Moura was a thorn in the Graham Potter’s side as his buzz of energy saw him make the joint-most tackles of any Spurs player (4) (via WhoScored).

Harry Kane was also at the heart of the action, in an attacking sense, as he had the most shots on goal (4) and completed the most dribbles (3) of any player in the side.

However, it was the impact of the Toby Alderweireld which seemingly went unnoticed by the masses.

The Belgian was a monster in defence as he made the joint-most tackles (4) and the second-most clearances (4) out of his teammates.

His cool nature on the ball also provided Spurs with a calm presence at the back as he had the joint-highest passing accuracy of any player who started the game (85.3%).

The Sun agreed with this assessment as they gave the defender a six out of 10, commenting on the emotion shown during the game.

They said: “Looked happy to have finally got his contract situation resolved. In Tottenham’s zonal marking system, he couldn’t do much with Brighton’s goal from Webster.”

“Tried to push Spurs forward with passes from the back.” (Source: The Sun)

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