Charlie Nicholas believes Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld is the most consistent defender in Premier League

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The Belgian has started all of Spurs' Premier League games this season.

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes that Tottenham stalwart Toby Alderweireld has been one of the most impressive defenders in the Premier League this year, Sky Sports reports.

The 26-year-old has been an ever-present in Mauricio Pochettino's side this season, starting all of their games in the top flight. And the former Arsenal forward admits that he has been hugely impressed by Alderweireld's ability to put in high quality performances week after week.

"Alderweireld has probably been the most consistent defender for me," he told Sky Sports.

"He's a solid unit and more. How many times have we seen him play that lovely diagonal to Dele Alli?"

As Nicholas alluded to, the Belgian has not only been invaluable to Spurs' ability to keep opponents at bay, but he has also proved to be a major threat going forward. His two assists have come from perfectly-placed long balls into the path of Dele Alli, while he has also bagged goals against Manchester City and West Ham, which, on both occasions, helped Spurs on their way to 4-1 wins. 

What has also been impressive has been the way that he has little trouble adapting when asked to play alongside a different partner at the heart of the defence. In recent weeks - with usual partner Jan Vertonghen injured - he has been asked to help Kevin Wimmer cope with the pressure of making his first league appearances for the club in the midst of a title fight.

However, the 23-year-old's introduction into the team has done little to derail the club's title push. In the two games that the pair have started together in the league, Spurs have won both of their games, and did not concede a goal in either. 

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