A key reason why Toby Alderweireld is perfect for Tottenham

The North London club have been linked with the Belgian in recent days and could renew a defensive partnership at Spurs.

Tottenham have been linked with a summer approach for Toby Alderweireld in the British media this week, with Spurs said to be keen to tempt the Belgian into a move to White Hart Lane.

The centre-half has been impressive this season on loan at Southampton, showing that he has all the attributes to be successful in the Premier League.

With Alderweireld seemingly not part of Diego Simeone’s plans at Atletico Madrid, a summer transfer away from the Spanish capital looks like a real possibility.

Despite the emergence of Eric Dier and improvement by Federico Fazio, centre-half remains an area of concern for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, with the ideal partner for Jan Vertonghen not yet clarified.

Alderweireld clearly has the potential to be a star for Spurs, but there is another reason that a switch to North London could work in the club’s favour.

Alderweireld and Vertonghen played together at Ajax for four seasons and as such already have a good understanding of each other’s game.

With both also featuring in the Belgium national side together, resuming this partnership at White Hart Lane could well be a hasty and effective transition.

As Younes Kaboul looks set to leave Tottenham this summer, Alderweireld would be a substantial upgrade, with his experience of playing alongside Vertonghen a welcome added bonus.

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