'It's no fun' - Former Liverpool target describes life at his new club

Toby Alderweireld

Liverpool along with Tottenham, Arsenal and Norwich were linked with signing Toby Alderweireld in the summer.

Premier League fans will be familiar with the name Toby Alderweireld, the Belgian defender who was linked regularly with a switch to England all summer long.

The former Ajax man was linked with Tottenham, Norwich and Arsenal, but perhaps no club more regularly than Liverpool who were in need of a centre-back.

Manager Brendan Rodgers however elected to overlook the 24-year-old international, who has been called into the Belgian squad once again for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Liverpool chose to sign PSG's Mamadou Sakho and Sporting Lisbon prospect Tiago Ilori close to deadline day, after Alderweireld had clinched a move to Atletico Madrid.

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Alderweireld can't argue with the success of his new club, top of their Champions League group with maximum points, and level on points with Barcelona at the top of La Liga, winning eight games out of eight.

From a personal point of view however it's been dismal, he has not played a single competitive minute for his new side, named on the bench six times but not called upon once.

He told Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblade: "For now I do not panic though it's no fun. My chances will definitely come. If you work hard, you'll be alright."

It's good he sees the bigger picture, and Atletico management will understand his position, after all which player especially a new signing wants to sit on the sidelines.

However Atletico clearly do not want to change a winning team, or at least do not trust him enough just yet to throw him in at the deep end.

The centre-back will have to wait to show the Premier League clubs linked with his signature that they missed out, but right now the thought of having missed out on him looks like a total non-starter, a bit like the player himself.

 

image: © Ruud Schobbers

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