Why Tottenham should make Toby Alderweireld a priority target this summer

Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham-linked Toby Alderweireld recorded some impressive statistics last season.

According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has touched down in Spain to strike a deal for Atletico Madrid's Toby Alderweireld.

Reports suggest the Spanish outfit have cancelled the agreement they had to sell Alderweireld to Southampton - the club he featured for last term - for a set fee, leaving the Lilywhites an open door to swoop in for his signature. 

Reports suggest Atletico will command a fee of at least £10 million for Alderweireld, despite the fact he's been deemed surplus to requirements by manager Diego Simeone.

For such a price, Alderweireld could quickly emerge as one of the top signings of the summer window. After all, he was an integral contributor to Southampton's outstanding 2014-15 campaign, in which the the club set the second best defensive record in the Premier League, conceding just 33 goals, behind only champions Chelsea.

However, perhaps more impressively, here is a statistic that is sure to excite Spurs fans: In the 26 Premier League games Alderweireld started last term, Southampton's goal difference was +21. However, in the 12 appearances the Belgian international missed, the south coast club's differential took a turn for the worst - falling to zero. 

Clearly he made quite the difference at St. Mary's, and at White Hart Lane - alongside compatriot Jan Vertonghen - he could emulate the success of his debut top flight campaign. A payer of proven quality, he would provide an instant solution to any perceived defensive weaknesses at the Lane.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino is still looking to insert his influence over the first-team set up at Spurs, and signing Alderweireld could prove the final step in forming a formidable defensive line. The Belgian was hugely impressive for Southampton last term, and the sings suggest he will only improve with his first 12 months of Premier League experience under his belt.

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