Are Spurs targeting Southampton star as innovative solution to unexpected problem position?

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Tottenham Hotspur are said to be looking to sign Southampton loanee Toby Alderweireld this summer.

Tottenham Hotspur may have decided to target Southampton defender Toby Alderweireld because they feel he could offer a solution to what has become an unexpected problem position for the side. 

Spurs have been linked with Alderweireld in the Telegraph in recent times, with the Belgian international said to be one of Mauricio Pochettino's top targets this summer.

His addition was expected to be as a centre-back, but it could actually be that Alderweireld is a player who Spurs would make a good option at right-back.

Kyle Walker currently commands this position for the Lilywhites, but the England international has been well short of form since returning to the side midway through the season.

It has exposed Tottenham's lack of cover in that position - with Eric Dier and Vlad Chiriches, who are both centre-backs, the two other members of the first-team squad seemingly capable of playing there at this moment of time.

Dier and Chiriches have both performed a function at right-back thoughout the season, but neither have looked comfortable and it leaves Pochettino with a void in his squad. Although the hope is that DeAndre Yedlin will eventually fill it, the American has a long way to develop before he can become a regular starter.

Alderweireld, though, would be able to slot in at right-back comfortably and he would bring stability and assurance to the Spurs defence.

The 25-year-old defender has played at full-back for both Atletico Madrid, his current club, and Belgium and he would be able to provide good competition for a place in the team with Walker.

HITC ran a statistical analysis of Alderweireld's season so far, which suggested that he would have to raise his game to become a regular starting centre-back in Spurs's squad, but his ability to cover two positions makes him an attractive addition for Pochettino's side and it could be that this is a major reason behind Spurs wanting to bring him to White Hart Lane.  

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