Impressive stat shows how much Tottenham's defence could improve after signing Alderweireld

Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have struck up a strong partnership previously.

Tottenham Hotspur confirmed the signing of Toby Alderweireld on their official website on Wednesday, securing their third summer signing.

Alderweireld, 26, became Tottenham's third summer signing, following fellow defenders Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer to White Hart Lane.

The Belgian international enjoyed a superb season on loan at Southampton, but turned his back on a permanent move to St. Mary's Stadium in order to join Tottenham.

After inconsistent displays by the likes of Younes Kaboul, Vlad Chiriches and Federico Fazio last summer, Alderweireld is now set to reunite his partnership with Jan Vertonghen - and Spurs fans have every right to be excited about that prospect.

The stat below from Opta shows just how solid the partnership between the two Belgian internationals was, as Ajax won almost 71% of their games when the duo started at centre back together.

Of course, it's worth adding that this was in the Eredivisie, where Ajax are expected to win the majority of their games due to being much stronger than their opponents.

However, Alderweireld and Vertonghen's knowledge of each other's game and chemistry in the heart of defence should help Tottenham have a settled, solid defensive partnership next season.

After a virtual revolving door next to Vertonghen in recent years, Alderweireld's arrival is expected to help Tottenham improve defensive next term - and the stat does support that notion, even if things will be tougher in the Premier League.

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