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Unsung Hero: Toby Alderweireld was the only one to shine as Tottenham Hotspur were stunned

Unsung Hero: Toby Alderweireld was the only one to shine as Tottenham Hotspur were stunned

Tottenham Hotspur suffered a shock defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday as they were beaten 1-0 in front of their own supporters.

Joelinton managed to make the most of some slack defending from the hosts in the first half and punished Spurs with a well-taken strike that left Hugo Lloris with little chance of stopping as the Magpies managed to take all three points (Sky Sports).

Mauricio Pochettino lamented his squad’s ability in the final third of the pitch as he admitted they did not do enough with the ball, despite dominating the game for large periods.

He told Sky Sports: “We didn’t create. We had the possession, we dominated, but we didn’t create enough chances. I don’t want to justify it but I need to tell the truth.

“I think it was very clear. We never found the capacity to break down their defensive line. They were organised and played really deep. We didn’t show this capacity when a solid team came to play against us.”

As fan site Tottenham Blog noted with their player ratings, not many players would have been able to have come out of the game with anything to be happy about as it was a rather poor performance overall, though there was one man who appeared to do the job he had been tasked with to some extent.

Toby Alderweireld, and perhaps Moussa Sissoko, looked to be the only player able to come away from the game with his head held high, safe in the knowledge that he still managed to put in a solid display.

According to data compiled by WhoScored, the Belgium international managed to make two tackles (the second most) and one interception as the rest of the defence appeared to struggle with what Newcastle threw at them.

Player ratings can usually give an indication of how well a player played and Alderweireld also appeared to be one of the top scorers in a couple of different articles.

Tottenham Blog gave him a decent six, stating: “Thwarted most of Newcastle’s counter-attacks and looked solid”, whereas Football London wrote: “Composed enough in the back line and dealt with what he had to. 7.”

There could have, perhaps, been a moment whereby Alderweireld was not at Tottenham this season because of the £25m release clause that was in his contract throughout the summer, but no club obviously decided to take that option up on the 30-year-old.

Spurs were fortunate that was the case and will be thankful that the Belgian is still a member of their squad, especially if they were to have another poor showing in the Premier League once again as it appears he will be key to keeping them in the game.

Tottenham fans, what did you make of Alderweireld’s performance? Let us know your thoughts by sharing them in the comments section below!

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