Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has talked up how hard his teammates are working behind the scenes and in training.
Tottenham are facing the possibility of losing three of their key players on free transfers at the end of the season, with uncertainty growing about their squad.
Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen all have less than a year remaining on their deals at Spurs, and no new terms have been agreed with any of the trio yet.
Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that Tottenham’s squad is unsettled.
But Alderweireld does not think that anybody at Spurs is taking it easy, despite the doubts over their futures, and insists that the standards in training have been very high.
“It is nothing to do with this,” Alderweireld said. “Nothing, nothing. I think sometimes it’s a shame that nobody can see the work ethic everybody brings to this club. Everybody’s hungry and wants to work hard.”
Tottenham have made a poor start to the new season, despite heading into the campaign with optimism.
Spurs spent fairly heavily in the summer, and there was a real feeling that they could build on last campaign’s success, where they made the Champions League final.
However, Tottenham have looked out of sorts in the Premier League, they are out of the League Cup, and they have failed to win in Europe.
Spurs were beaten 7-2 by Bayern Munich in their last outing, which has really caused questions to be asked.
And the pressure is now on Alderweireld and his Tottenham teammates to find a way to beat Brighton & Hove Albion at the weekend, as they look to start getting their season back on track.