The stats which will worry Spurs supporters if they are to sign Alderweireld

Tottenham Hotspur are said to be interested in signing Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid, after being impressed with his performances for Southampton this season.

Tottenham Hotspur are said to be closing in on a deal to sign Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid by the Daily Mail

Alderweireld has been identified as a potential target for Spurs, after they have been impressed with his performances for Southampton, and it seems that they could make a move in the summer. 

Mauricio Pochettino is known to be on the hunt for another centre-back to add to his pack, as he has failed to find a consistent partnership throughout the season.

Jan Vertonghen has had to play alongside the likes of Younes Kaboul, Federico Fazio and Eric Dier throughout the season so far, but the feeling is that he needs to be given a higher quality partner if Spurs are to make it into the top-four.

Alderweireld has reportedly been identified as the man Spurs think is the perfect fit, but the stats over the course of the season suggest that they should exercise some caution.

Although there is a danger of misreading statistics, Alderweireld has been left behind by every first-team centre-back that Tottenham have at their disposal at the moment.

  Tackles per gameHeaders per gameInterceptions per gameDuels won per gamePasses per gamePassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Eric Dier 1.95 2.35 1.65 5.45 40.2 79.97% 20 1570
Federico Fazio 1.84 5.3 2.92 7.84 46.61 81.02% 13 1147
Jan Vertonghen 1.65 2.61 2.1 5.15 43.29 85.4% 26 2270
Younes Kaboul 1.63 1.81 3.09 4.45 46.73 79.76% 11 990
Toby Alderweireld 1.33 1.5 1.38 3.05 41.77 80.45% 18 1545

Kaboul, Dier, Vertonghen and Fazio all win more headers, tackles and duels than Alderweireld, whilst their distribution rates are also comparable.

It means that even though the Belgian has played a key part for the team with the best defensive record in the Premier League, he would still be required to up his game if he were to move to White Hart Lane.

That is not beyond his capabilities, and he would likely be a very good addition at Tottenham, but these stats suggest that there would be no guarantee of him being a success.

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