Belgium boss Roberto Martinez spoke to reporters in the aftermath of his side's 4-0 friendly win over Saudi Arabia last night, and highlighted how important it will be for Toby Alderweireld to play regularly for Tottenham between now and the end of the season, as quoted by the Guardian.
Davinson Sanchez's rise to prominence this season means that Alderweireld is no longer viewed as indispensable by Tottenham chiefs.
The Colombian will potentially block the former Atletico ace's route back into the Spurs starting XI, and that could be a problem for his World Cup hopes with Belgium.
It is certainly something that Martinez is aware of, and the Belgium boss told reporters how the Tottenham star will need to be playing regularly for his club between now and the end of the season, as quoted by the Guardian:
"Every player needs to get a really good period of football now. Seven weeks is not a lot of time. Certain players that play a lot of minutes, the playing time now is not essential. But other players who have not played that much, and Toby can be one of those -- it is important. But what you see with Toby is that urgency and the defensive, natural habit of intercepting any threat around him. I saw him really sharp during the camp and [against Saudi Arabia] it was great to see that he was really strong in the last 15 minutes physically. And he lasted 90 minutes in a really good way."
Spurs still have eight Premier League games remaining this season, as well as an FA Cup semi final against Manchester United to look forward to, so Alderweireld still has plenty of time left to showcase his quality, and prove to Martinez that he is worthy of a place in Belgium's starting XI for the World Cup this summer.