Alan Smith explains what he loves about the current Tottenham team

Jan Vertonghen

Arsenal legend Smith has high praise for Tottenham’s current team.

Speaking to talkSPORT, former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has explained what he loves about this current Tottenham side, led by head coach Mauricio Pochettino.

The Arsenal great said: “They’ve got a resilience about them now. I love the combination in defence, of Alderweireld and Vertonghen who are on the same wavelength.”

Spurs have become a much tougher side to defeat this season, with Pochettino focusing upon removing the poor defence that has for so long characterised Tottenham

He signed Toby Alderweireld in the summer transfer window, and has paired him alongside fan favourite Jan Vertonghen, to create a formidable back-line.

Danny Rose and Kyle Walker have also excelled under the Argentine boss’s guidance, but Smith believes that it is the centre-back pairing who deserve much of the praise for Spurs being an improved side.

They are on the same ‘wavelength’, according to Smith, and it is hard to disagree with the former striker’s assessment, given how well the pair fit together.

The duo are teammates at international level, and also played club football together with Ajax, and these years of experience have meant that Alderweireld and Vertonghen have started performing for Spurs so quickly after being put together at the beginning of this season.

This looks like the year that Spurs can finally break back into the top four, and whilst Harry Kane may fire them there with his goals, it is the strong partnership of Alderweireld and Vertonghen which will be central to the success.

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