Tottenham new boy Victor Wanyama shares excitement over reuniting with Toby Alderweireld

Alexis Sanchez fights for the ball with Victor Wanyama

The pair formed part of an excellent defence during their time at Southampton.

Alexis Sanchez fights for the ball with Victor WanyamaAlexis Sanchez fights for the ball with Victor Wanyama

Spurs new boy Victor Wanyama has lauded the qualities of centre-back Toby Alderweireld, in a recent interview on the club’s official site.

The Kenyan was team-mates with the Spurs defender two seasons ago - while the latter was on loan at Southampton from Atletico Madrid - and he is relishing the prospect of linking up with his old colleague for the Lilywhites.

Toby Alderweireld celebrates after scoring the second goal for TottenhamToby Alderweireld celebrates after scoring the second goal for Tottenham

“I know Toby, I’ve played with him before and he’s really a good player and also a good guy off the pitch,” said the 24-year old.

“It’s obviously important for the team to have a player like Toby. He’s intelligent and he’s always ahead of the opponents so it’s really good to have a player like him in the side and I’m delighted to link up with him again.

“We have a good relationship too. We are always talking on the field and I enjoy it a lot when I play in the same team as Toby,” he added.

Manchester City's Samir Nasri in action with Southampton's Victor WanyamaManchester City's Samir Nasri in action with Southampton's Victor Wanyama

Wanyama formed a solid shield ahead of Alderweireld and Jose Fonte at Southampton and Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping he can replicate that form in his new surroundings.

The arrival of another natural holding midfielder gives Pochettino the welcome option of rotating Eric Dier and of shutting out games when needed – something Spurs sorely lacked last term.

Fiorentina's Milan Badelj in action with Tottenham's Eric DierFiorentina's Milan Badelj in action with Tottenham's Eric Dier

Dier excelled in his new found midfield role last season and Wanyama will have his work cut out to displace the England international from the first XI in what is sure to be an intriguing battle.

Regardless of who becomes established as first-choice, the ability to alternate between the two will be invaluable for Spurs and will avoid the need to play the likes of Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb in unnatural defensive roles.

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