Danny Murphy raves about Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld

Toby Alderweireld

The Belgian has been a key figure in Spurs' defence.

BBC pundit Danny Murphy has praised Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld, noting that his leadership and organisational skills have been key this season.

The 27-year-old defender looks to be worth every penny of the £11.5 million Spurs spent (The Mail) on bringing him from Atletico Madrid last summer after proving himself a commanding and ever-present figure in the heart of their defence this term.

Alderweirleld, who spent last season on loan at Southampton, has also played every single minute of the Lilywhites' excellent Premier League campaign so far, in which Mauricio Pochettino's troops sit seven points behind leaders Leicester City in second place ahead of the final six games.

Having began his career at Ajax, the centre-back looks comfortable in possession and has been known for his raking long balls this season, and Murphy admits he's a huge fan of the Belgian.

"What I love about Toby Alderweireld is that he is a superb defender who contributes to Tottenham's attacks too," he said on BBC Sport. "He is so calm in possession and some of his long-range passing has been phenomenal to set Spurs off going forward.

"He has played every minute for Tottenham in the Premier League this season and we have seen how he is more than just a great player, he is a leader and an organiser too.

"Jan Vertonghen does not look as solid when he is playing with anyone else and, when he has been injured, Kevin Wimmer has benefited from playing with Alderweireld too."

 

It is perhaps do or die time for Pochettino and co this weekend as they host Manchester United in a must-win encounter at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

 

The Foxes, who face relegation-threatened Sunderland in the day's earlier game, might well be 10 points ahead by the time Spurs kick off in North London.

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