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Tottenham Hotspur fans remain shocked at Toby Alderweireld absence

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Tottenham Hotspur fans remain shocked at Toby Alderweireld absence

The Belgian continues to be left out of the matchday squad for Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham Hotspur suffered defeat in the Premier League yesterday, as they were comfortably overturned by Premier League Champions elect Manchester City. City won 3-1 at Wembley, with goals from Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling doing the damage.

One player who particularly struggled for Spurs was Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez.

Just like in the Champions League exit against Juventus the Colombia youngster seemed to forget how to play the offside trap. Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling had a field day and his inexperience once again told against better opposition.

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It again fuelled debate over the future of Toby Alderweireld.

The Belgian defender is locked in a contract bind with the North London club. Daniel Levy will not sanction his wage demands, reported by the Daily Mail to be near the £200,000-a-week figure. The 29-year-old, who has also had a torrid season with injuries, is said to also want a five-year deal. Spurs will not sanction such a deal for a player of his age.

Fans, however, are wondering why he is not being played. Mauricio Pochettino continues to leave him out of the first-team squad, relying on the presence of Eric Dier and Ben Davies to cover central defence.

But Spurs fans know just how good a fully fit Alderweireld can be. Last season, most Premier League fans would argue he was the best in the division. So leaving him out of the squad just seems like cutting off the nose to spite the face.

Fans cannot understand why, whilst Alderweireld is still at Tottenham, the club is not using him regularly.

(Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

On Twitter, his continued absence was the hot topic among many Spurs fans. Some just want to see him play for Spurs again, others believe Tottenham must do whatever they can to convince him to remain with the club.

Here is some of the best reaction from Twitter to Alderweireld’s continued absence…

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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