Alderweireld arrived at Spurs over the summer transfer window from Atletico Madrid, and Mauricio Pochettino has told the Standard that his performances this season are great news for the White Hart Lane scouting department.
Pochettino said: “He has adapted quickly and has been very good, on and off the pitch. This is a very good for our scouting department. So far he has been very good.”
Alderweireld was a priority target for Spurs from the end of last season, with the Belgian centre-back impressing on loan at Southampton.
He was brought to the Saints by Paul Mitchell, who made it his first job to sign the centre-back when he switched St Mary’s Stadium for the head scout role in North London.
With Mitchell’s reputation as one of the best scouts in the country, the signing of Alderweireld had to be a success, and so far only good things have come from the 26-year-old.
He has easily adapted to playing under Pochettino and alongside former Ajax teammate Jan Vertonghen, performing as one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
He has scored two goals in 14 league games, winning 1.1 aerial duels, 0.8 tackles and 1.7 interceptions per game, whilst also clearing the ball successful 7.7 times every time he takes to the field.
Alderweireld is proof that good scouting can make all the difference in whether a signing is a success or not, and Mitchell has already earned the trust of the Spurs board and fans for his instrumental work in bringing the Belgian international to White Hart Lane.