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Why Tottenham have proven they could afford to lose Toby Alderweireld this summer

With speculation surrounding Toby Alderweireld’s Tottenham future, recent performances have proven the club could cope without him, writes Jake Jackman.

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Tottenham are facing another contract stalemate as Toby Alderweireld is thought to be considering his future with the club.

The Telegraph report that his future has been cast in fresh doubt after he was left behind and not selected for the Champions League match against Juventus.

The Belgian international didn’t make the trip to Turin and considering he returned to first-team action last week, he is unlikely to be pleased at his omission.

Although the article speculates on the centre-back’s future, there is no evidence to suggest Alderweireld is looking for a move.

However, he is yet to agree a new deal and given the interest in him, a transfer could be on his mind.

Tottenham play a dangerous game when it comes to their contracts, as they refuse to pay what their competition is offering.

That is one key reason why they are at risk of losing their best players and speculation is taken more seriously by supporters as a result.

The Express reported last summer that Kyle Walker doubled his wages when he joined Manchester City.

Although money won’t be the main motivating factor behind a player leaving Spurs, it is certainly a factor.

Mauricio Pochettino didn’t look too worried during his pre-match press-conference, suggesting Alderweireld needed time to recover from his serious injury.

He isn’t ready for a huge game yet and the club have made the decision to leave him behind to benefit all parties long-term.

The Telegraph report the following quotes from the Argentine:

“It was a massive injury that we needed to be cautious over because we cannot put at risk his career. We designed a plan from day one to provide him the best route to recovery and be stronger than before.

“Of course, we are sorry for him because when you miss some games like Arsenal or the Champions League that we have worked a lot to try to play… I can understand.

“And we are frustrated too, because when you cannot play it is difficult to accept. The player always thinks he is fit, but it is our responsibility to take the best decision.

“He will be part of the team next Sunday against Rochdale (in the FA Cup) and, again, we are going to assess him day by day.”

There is every chance that Pochettino is being honest, but as the defender played against Newport County, it is known that he is available.

The manager has been reluctant in the past to rush players back from serious injuries.

Erik Lamela has had to accept his role as a bench player while he builds up his fitness.

Meanwhile, Danny Rose wasn’t immediately restored to the starting eleven after his time out on the sidelines.

That said, the Alderweireld’s future has been reported on and that begs the question, could Tottenham afford to lose him?

Since moving to Tottenham, Toby Alderweireld has established himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier League, if not Europe.

There won’t be a shortage of options for him if he does decide to push for an exit from the club.

However, Spurs are now in a position in which they don’t need to cave at each and every one of the defender’s demands in the talks over a new contract.

Now, they have proved they are able to cope without him.

During their last three Premier League fixtures, wins against Manchester United and Arsenal sandwich a hard-fought draw against Liverpool at Anfield.

They have taken seven points from arguably three of their hardest fixtures of the season and conceded only two goals in the process.

That is hugely impressive and the absence of Alderweireld evidently was not felt, with their opponents managing a combined 21 shots across the three matches.

Considering they were playing three of the best attacks in the Premier League, that record is incredible.

There will be many taking the view that Tottenham will be even more formidable when Alderweireld returns to the line-up, but a more controversial stance would be that the team no longer need the Belgian.

Although the club will want to keep hold of him, it has been proven that he isn’t as integral to this Tottenham team as many previously considered him to be.

The progression of Davinson Sanchez and reliability of Jan Vertonghen means that Pochettino has two other quality options, while Eric Dier is an able deputy.

Alderweireld will be back in the starting eleven soon as he has too much quality to sit on the sidelines, but he can no longer go into these contract negotiations and talk up his worth as recent evidence proves that the team can thrive without him.

The departure of Kyle Walker last summer showed that Tottenham can be ruthless with players making ultimatums and progress without them.

It would be a shame if the Belgian defender did leave at the end of the season, but Spurs could recover from it.

Jake is a journalist based in the South East. He is a Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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Tottenham Hotspur should have swooped for Luciano Vietto this summer

Luciano Vietto could have been a solid back-up to Harry Kane this season.

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Fulham pulled off something of a coup on transfer deadline day. The Cottagers snapped up Argentine talent Luciano Vietto on loan from Atletico Madrid for the season. It was a great piece of business from the club, considering the talent the 24-year-old striker possesses.

But one other London club should have been in for the player. Tottenham Hotspur needed striking reinforcements this summer. With Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen both unable to provide adequate cover for Harry Kane, it is an area Tottenham struggle.

A move for Anthony Martial was mooted early on, but nothing ever came to pass.

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Vietto could have been a perfect option. With only Llorente for competition, he could have easily become the main back-up to Kane. Mauricio Pochettino is on good terms with his former international team-mate and Atletico manager Diego Simeone, so convincing them of a deal would not have been hard.

Vietto could have arrived on a loan-to-buy scheme, giving Tottenham the chance to sign him next summer should he be a hit.

Whilst many will question whether Vietto would have been good enough for Spurs, his past form indicates he could have done a job. His tally of five goals for Valencia last season is nothing to celebrate. However, his 10 as the back-up at Sevilla the season before and his incredible 2015-16 with former club Villarreal show he just needs a chance to shine.

Fulham may now give him that and, Vietto will hope to prove his worth. Tottenham, however, should have been in the race. If he goes on to thrive in West London, some fans will rightly ask why Spurs did not make a move.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Janssen number stripped, Rose can go and Eriksen interest

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

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Shirt off his back

Vincent Janssen has had his shirt number stripped. The club announced their new squad numbers for the season this afternoon and the Dutch striker is without a number.

He had previously held the number nine shirt, following a move from AZ Alkmaar in the summer of 2016.

However, the number is now vacant as it appears Tottenham try to shift him before the end of the month.

Janssen failed to adapt to Premier League football and spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce.

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Rose allowed to leave

Tottenham are happy to let Danny Rose leave the club before the end of the month. According to The Mirror, Spurs are ready to let Rose leave despite the transfer window being shut.

The England international has fallen out-of-favour with manager Mauricio Pochettino, who is now happy to let him go.

PSG and Schalke have both shown an interest in the player. Both club’s transfer windows remain open.

Tottenham feel they have adequate cover with youngster Kyle Walker-Peters and centre-back Jan Vertonghen able to play in his position.

Eriksen rumours

There is more interest in Christian Eriksen being reported this week. Real Madrid’s interest was already known. However, PSG are also said to be keen on the Danish midfielder.

According to the Daily Star, the French side are preparing a £100 million move for the playmaker before the end of the month.

Tottenham fans should however not be fearful. The club have ruled out any potential exit for Eriksen this summer.

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Ben Davies form could surely see Tottenham perform Danny Rose exit U-turn

The Welsh left-back has not been in great form recently for Tottenham Hotspur.

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Tottenham Hotspur looked certain to lose Danny Rose this summer. The England international’s position at the club has become troublesome of late, after his criticism of the club last summer. However, since then, injuries have put Rose back and in his absence, a former scapegoat found his feet.

Welshman Ben Davies was often pilloried by the Tottenham public for some bad form prior to Rose’s injury. But last season Davies was in sensational form. A threat going forward as well as defensively, his tireless work-rate and professionalism left Rose chasing shadows once fit.

Rose was recently linked with Schalke 04 and PSG, as reported by The Sun, as Davies continues as number one choice.

However, Tottenham must be starting to consider giving Rose another go.

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Davies has struggled for form recently. Pre-season did not go his way and a performance against Girona was particularly bad.

Against Newcastle United, at the weekend he again did not look at his best and some Tottenham fans are now calling for Rose to be reinstated.

Whilst Davies does deserve a chance to continue in the starting XI his form must be a concern for Mauricio Pochettino.

With Tottenham set for yet another busy season, rotation could become key. So allowing rose to go, with the first-choice looking ropey, would seem a big mistake from Tottenham.

It could be Rose still has a Tottenham future for now.

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