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Tottenham Hotspur must push Toby Alderweireld toward Barcelona

The Belgian looks set to leave Spurs and a move to Spain would make most sense.



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It looks increasingly likely that Tottenham Hotspur will be losing their central defender Toby Alderweireld in the summer.

Just 18 months ago such an eventuality seems improbable. Scratch that, it looked impossible. Spurs were desperately trying to convince him to sign a new deal and the general consensus was that Alderweireld was the best centre-back in the Premier League.

Since then, things have changed. The Belgian has been continuously battling injury and Tottenham can no longer rely on him to be fit for crucial fixtures in the schedule.

Tottenham also broke their transfer record in the summer. Colombian centre-back Davinson Sanchez arrived from Ajax. He has proven to be a more than adequate replacement for the Belgium international.

during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium on November 1, 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

Alderweireld’s wage demands are far beyond what Tottenham are willing to pay. Considering he has just turned 29-years-old Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will not be sanctioning such high wages for a player fast-approaching his footballing twilight years.

All these reasons mount up to one inevitable conclusion – Tottenham will likely sell Alderweireld in the summer?

But where?

Plenty of teams have recently been linked with the player. Manchester United need to strengthen the centre-back position. Arsenal would love to make a shock swoop and bring him in. The struggles of Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger at Chelsea surely make him a Blues target. Liverpool still need strengthening at the back. Pretty much any of the top six in England would bite Tottenham’s hand off to bring Alderweireld in.

Spurs must capitalise on Barcelona’s interest?

Barcelona are said to be interested in his signature, according to the Independent. Tottenham must seriously consider pushing him toward the Nou Camp.

Spurs would be taking a massive risk if they allowed Alderweireld the chance to thrive with one of their direct Premier League rivals next season. Injury worries aside, the 29-year-old remains one of the best defenders in the world when fully fit. It seems he no longer fits into Tottenham’s wage structure and cashing in now looks a sensible decision, whilst his market value remains high.

during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on October 28, 2017 in Manchester, England.

Yet it would be embarrassing for the club if he went on to become a Premier League mainstay elsewhere and become a block in Tottenham’s battle for the title in the future.

Barcelona could go on to thrive with Alderweireld at the back, but at least Spurs won’t be competing with them for results on a weekly basis.

Even if it means selling at a slightly lower price, Tottenham must ensure Alderweireld does not join a Premier League rival in the summer.

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  1. Bogus News

    March 3, 2018 at 11:35 am

    His contract runs out in 2020, how about the logical conclusion that he’ll still be here next season and Spurs won’t consider selling him next summer, new contract or not. Spurs will want another season of development for Sanchez and Foyth else selling Toby in the summer would mean needing to bring a top defender in to replace him at a similar price. If anything selling him in the summer has no logic, other than generating advertising space mascarading as sports news.

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Keanan Bennetts has perfect opportunity to impress Mauricio Pochettino this week

The left-sided star has a chance to impress in first-team training during the international break.



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With the international week in full flow, plenty of teams in the Premier League have seen their squads diminished by call-ups to national teams.

Tottenham Hotspur are one such side. Nonetheless, with most of the first-team squad away with their respective nations, work continues at Hotspur Way.

In order for Spurs to have a full complement in training, plenty of young talent needs to be pulled in to the ranks.

Mauricio Pochettino will, therefore,e get a chance to see some of his young players training with regular first-team players such as Fernando Llorente, Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura.

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One player who will be training with the first-team this week is talented wide-man Keanan Bennetts, according to London Live.

The 19-year-old left-winger has been catching the eye for the club’s youth team in recent weeks, making the news after scoring a fantastic goal for the under-19s against Monaco in the UEFA Youth League last month.

Bennetts has also been attracting interest for his positional dexterity. The wide-man has played at left-back in recent times and it could be that is his future best position.

This week he will be up against some excellent players such as Lamela and Moura, who did not receive selection to the Argentina and Brazil national teams, respectively.

If he can prove himself with this calibre of player, Pochettino will have to take notice.

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It is coming to a point in his Tottenham career when Bennetts has to make such an impact. The teenager is out of contract at Spurs in the summer and needs to ensure he is kept on for at least one more season.

Tottenham fans who follow the youth teams are certain he is deserving of such a chance. If he can show Pochettino what he is capable of this week, then a new deal will surely be in the pipeline for the talented wide-man.

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Is Juan Foyth a ready-made replacement for Toby Alderweireld?

The Argentine youngster joined Tottenham Hotspur from Estudiantes last summer.



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According to reports in Belgium this week, Tottenham Hotspur have given up hope of keeping Toby Alderweireld.

HLN has reported Spurs have accepted defeat in trying to convince the Belgian of signing a new deal after failing to agree on wages.

Therefore, Tottenham will sell the 29-year-old this summer, with £43 million the asking price.

Tottenham could be looking for a new signing in the summer to replace him, but rather than spending big on a new recruit, they should instead give a chance to someone already at the club.

The player in question is Argentine defender Juan Foyth.

Spurs brought in the young defender from Estudiantes last summer for a fee reported to be in the region of £10 million by ESPN.

His signature was heralded as a success for the London outfit after the Times had reported PSG had instead got the youngster.

Foyth has played just eight times for Tottenham this season, with none of those appearances coming in the Premier League.

But at just 20-years-old and new to English football, that was to be expected.

Mauricio Pochettino is known to be a huge fan of his countryman and Foyth has impressed in the FA Cup this season.

As a ball playing centre-half he is the type of player Tottenham want at the back to take the team into the future.

With Alderweireld gone, Tottenham will be short a defensive option.

Jan Vertonghen will be the pillar in the centre of defence, with Davinson Sanchez an impressive talent alongside him.

Eric Dier’s versatility makes him an option. Foyth would then argue the case that he is next in line and deserves a shot at establishing himself in the Tottenham first-team.

It is certainly a possibility.

Tottenham also have highly-rated American defender Cameron Carter-Vickers out on loan at Ipswich Town, who could take Foyth’s place as fifth-in-line, if Tottenham give the Argentine his chance.

The likelihood is that Spurs will bring in a new recruit to replace Alderweireld. Perhaps a player with more experience will instead be pursued.

Foyth has not yet proved himself in the Premier League, so laying it on the line for him next season would be a massive risk by Pochettino and Tottenham.

But there is certainly a chance that the £10 million youngster could take Alderweireld’s place next season.

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Clement Lenglet is the perfect replacement for Toby Alderweireld

The French defender has been in fine form for Sevilla.



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When Manchester United were dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla last week, plenty of the La Liga side’s players put in heroic displays.

Wissam Ben Yedder, the goalscorer of both Sevilla’s goals on the night received the highest praise. However, it was defender Clement Lenglet who deserved the biggest plaudits.

The 22-year-old did a wonderful job of shackling Romelu Lukaku for most of the game, putting in a brave and assured performance at centre-back.

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It was a display that undoubtedly won him some fans, and Tottenham Hotspur should be one of them.

It looks increasingly likely that Tottenham will lose Toby Alderweireld in the summer.

HLN in Belgium reported this week that Spurs have ended contract talks with the Belgian and are prepared to sell him for £43 million.

Tottenham, therefore, have a potential gap in the centre-back position.

Lenglet is the perfect option. Not only is he good enough, as he proved by United last week, but he fits the profile of a Tottenham signing.

The Sevilla defender is just 22 years of age and has years ahead of him to develop. Then, there is his release clause.

According to a recent report from Diario ASthe Frenchman has a release clause of just €30 million (£26.2 million).

Such a fee for a player of his talent and his age would amount to daylight robbery.

Lenglet, who only joined Sevilla from Nancy last summer, would be the perfect option for Spurs to replace Alderweireld.

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He could rotate with fellow young talent Davinson Sanchez playing alongside the more experienced Jan Vertonghen in defence.

With a Frenchman behind him in Hugo Lloris and French speaker in Vertonghen, he would not have to worry much about the language barrier just yet.

Strong, fast, capable on the ball and a raw talent he is exactly the sort of player Mauricio Pochettino could mould into a future Tottenham star.

Alderweireld’s exit will no doubt be a shame for Tottenham.

Nonetheless, if they can bring in Lenglet for £17 million less than they sell the Belgian for, the club will have pulled off a masterstroke.

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