ESPN pundit claims this Tottenham star should have been on PFA shortlist

Toby Alderweireld has been superb for Tottenham Hotspur this season.

Former Chelsea and Celtic midfielder Craig Burley has told ESPN FC that Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld should have been nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association Players' Player of the Year award.

Leicester City trio Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante, Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, West Ham United attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet and Tottenham striker Harry Kane are the six names on the PFA shortlist.

“He (Alderweireld) deserves to be in the list, I think,” Burley told ESPN FC.

Alderweireld has been one of the best players for Tottenham so far this season and is arguably the best central defender in the Premier League at the moment.

The former Atletico Madrid man has scored four goals and created nine chances in 33 league matches for Spurs this campaign.

The Belgium international has a pass accuracy of 80% and a shot accuracy of 43%, and has won 53 headers, seven dribbles and 28 tackles.

Tottenham are second in the Premier League table at the moment with 65 points from 33 matches, seven points behind leaders Leicester City.

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