Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has told Sky Sports that he feels like 'the old Toby' again after a tough start to 2018.
However, the Belgian picked up a hamstring injury in November and struggled to return, as Pochettino often left him out of his line-up in favour of Davinson Sanchez.
When the summer arrived, Alderweireld was deemed fit and ready enough to feature prominently in Belgium's run to the World Cup semi-finals, and many thought his Spurs career was coming to an end.
Alderweireld has a release clause in his contract which can be activated for a short period next summer, and with Manchester United linked, Spurs were expected to cash in whilst they could still dictate his price tag.
No deal materialised though, and Alderweireld has worked his way back into the Spurs side this season, starting seven of Tottenham's eight Premier League games so far this term.
Now, Alderweireld has told Sky Sports that he feels like 'the old Toby' again, getting back to his best after a difficult start to the year, and added that there is no update on his contract situation just yet.
"I'm the old Toby again. I try to do my best and help the team,” said Alderweireld. “How happy am I on a scale of one to 10? When you have a daughter it's 10 out of 10. It doesn't matter what happens. The joy that I get from that, I try to give it to my football. Not that I can say, no. I'm focused on Spurs and trying to help the team. That's all I can do,” he added.
Having played his way back in under Pochettino, Spurs fans will have hope that one last-ditch attempt to extend his contract will result in Alderweireld staying at the club after all, especially with the market for his signature not exactly strong over the summer.
That may change once Alderweireld's release clause draws nearer, but he will be 30 by then, and there is every chance that staying with Spurs is actually the best option for the centre back in 2019.