Matt Le Tissier has told Soccer Saturday (broadcast on Sky Sports; 21/12; 13:05) that Tottenham Hotspur have pulled off a massive coup by agreeing a new contract with Toby Alderweireld.
After what has felt like years of speculation, Alderweireld may have surprised many earlier this week by signing a new deal with Spurs. The club confirmed on their official website that the Belgian is now set to stay until 2023.
The defender has returned to being a key player since the start of last season. And he has remained an important part of the side following Jose Mourinho’s appointment last month.
And while Le Tissier admitted that his form has perhaps been underwhelming this term, he insisted that it is a brilliant piece of business from Tottenham.
“I think it’s massive, I really do,” he told Sky Sports. “He’s been an outstanding performer down the years. I really think he’s one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League. Maybe not quite this season up to the standards of past, but still a big coup for Spurs. I think it’s a real positive for them.”
Alderweireld sticking around does look to be a huge boost for Tottenham. He would have been incredibly difficult to replace, particularly if he had left when his contract had expired, leaving Spurs without a transfer fee.
And it would perhaps be no surprise if addressing his future does lift his form. The uncertainty cannot have been helpful for anyone. But the defender, and Spurs, can now forget about all of the talk surrounding his future for some time.