Tottenham Hotspur could lose one of their key stars in the summer with the club reaching a deadlock in their bid to extend Toby Alderweireld’s contract.
The Belgian superstar has been a revelation alongside compatriot Jan Vertonghen since his move to the club in 2015 from Atletico Madrid , contributing hugely to Spurs’ brilliant form.
And there will be a number of elite European clubs targeting the centre-back if he is available for transfer in the summer.
It would be a massive blow for Mauricio Pochettino given how integral the player has been to the success of his Spurs side, but is he really indispensible?
Since the start of the 2016/17 season, Alderweireld has played 56 matches in all competitions for Tottenham Hotspur, contributing to 37 victories, 10 draws, and nine losses, giving him a superb win ratio of 66.1 per cent – compared with one of just 51.4 per cent when he didn’t play.
These statistics obviously show how vital he is, but it is perhaps a stretch to say he’s now indispensible, especially since the arrival of Davinson Sanchez, and Argentine understudy Juan Foyth.
A £42m signing from Ajax, the Colombian Sanchez has settled incredibly quickly and, at the tender age of 22, already looks on the road to superstardom thanks to his positioning, pace, ball-playing, and defensive instincts – although he needs to work on his aerial ability.
These additions have helped Spurs look a lot more solid in Alderweireld’s absence and their record in all competitions with and without the centre-back has evened out considerably.
So, while Alderweireld moving on will clearly result in a set-back for Spurs, it wouldn’t be the end of the world if he left, with young talents ready to carry the burden if he does exit the club.