Euro 2016's Top 50 Players: Number 26 Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld reacts

Toby Alderweireld has established himself as one of the best centre-backs in the world following a stellar season with Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld reacts

Toby Alderweireld is likely to be at the heart of the Belgian defence as they attempt to navigate their way through their tough Group E fixtures against Italy, Republic of Ireland and Sweden. 

HITC writers have compiled a list of the top 50 players at Euro 2016, assessing players from the 24 countries taking part at this summer's tournament.

Coming in at number 25 is Belgium and Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld.

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International record: 52 Caps, 1 Goal

2015/16: Toby Alderweireld has seen his stock rise in world football following an exemplary season and he is now considered one of the best defenders in the world. The 27-year-old appeared in every single Premier League game for Spurs, chipping in with four goals, and went on to win the Tottenham Player of the year award. He was also named in the PFA team of the Year.

Toby Alderweireld celebrates scoring the second goal for Tottenham

 

The former Atletico Madrid and Southampton man has established a fantastic relationship for club and country with Jan Vertonghen and formed part of the joint best defensive record in the league. He is surely someone who will attract attention from some of the best clubs in Europe over the summer, but with his contract not due to expire until 2020, Spurs fans will be confident they can hold on to their man. He helped his club achieve a third place finish in the Premier League, and will be hoping he can lead them to even greater success next season.

Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld looks dejected after the game as Jan Vertonghen hugs West Brom's Sandro

What can we expect?

Standing at 6 ft 2 in, Alderweireld has an imposing presence, but he is also incredibly quick, which makes him a great assets for Spurs. His pace enables Tottenham to implement Mauricio Pochettino's high intensity pressing game in the opposition's half, without being fearful of counter-attacks. Belgium topped their Euro 2016 qualifying group by two points, conceding only five goals in 10 games, and Alderweireld was present for every match.

Belgium's chances of success at the tournament will depend heavily on the performances of the Tottenham man, and with Vincent Kompany ruled out, he will take on an even greater level of responsibility. Big things are expected of this Belgium side, and they will enter the tournament as one of the favourites. Can they realise their potential and finally win a major tournament?

Toby Alderweireld celebrates after scoring the second goal for Tottenham

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