Garth Crooks praises Spurs' Toby Alderweireld, highlights surprise reason why he's impressed

Toby Alderweireld

Garth Crooks has praised Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld.

Pundit Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that he has been impressed with Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld for his consistency - as well as his threat in attack.

Spurs beat Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Monday evening, with Erik Lamela's opener being cancelled out by and Odion Ighalo equaliser, before Son Heung-min swooped to backheel a late winner and send Tottenham back to White Hart Lane with all three points.

The result means that Mauricio Pochettino's men now sit just four points off top spot in the Premier League, and fans are starting to dream of a potential title challenge after a sensational first half of the season.

One of the keys to Tottenham's superb campaign so far has been defender Toby Alderweireld, who joined the club from Atletico Madrid over the summer.

The Belgian centre back, who impressed on loan with Southampton last season, has struck up a rock-solid partnership with his former Ajax team-mate Jan Vertonghen, helping Tottenham build the meanest defence in the Premier League this season.

Now, pundit Garth Crooks - a former Tottenham player himself - has now hailed Alderweireld for his consistent displays on BBC Sport, whilst also highlighting a surprise factor in his praise for the defender; Alderweireld's ability to be a threat from set pieces.

"This lad has been quietly consistent for Spurs and is developing a very comfortable partnership with his Belgium international team-mate Jan Vertonghen," said Crooks. "However, he is also proving to be quite a menace in the opposition penalty area on set plays."

"He played a significant part in keeping Tottenham's goals against column to a minimum against Norwich and Watford. However, Watford midfielder Nathan Ake receiving his marching orders for trying to decapitate midfielder Erik Lamela also made a considerable contribution to Tottenham's fortunes," he added.

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