By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes

Toby Alderweireld has revealed why the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Andros Townsend have been offloaded by Tottenham.

The Belgian centre-back says Mauricio Pochettino only wants men of steel at White Hart Lane and those who do not comply with the Argentine’s exacting standards are sold.

Spurs were often accused of possessing a lack of toughness in recent years but have discovered a clinical edge under their demanding manager.

Adebayor’s contract was terminated in September, Townsend was sold to Newcastle for £12million during the January window and the likes of Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Aaron Lennon have also moved on in the last six months.

“He only puts in guys who work very hard,” Alderweireld told the Mirror. “A lot of guys have left the club. If you don’t follow the path you don’t belong in Tottenham.

“The most important thing is we have no heroes in this team. When one makes a mistake the other one picks it up.

“We have a togetherness. We want to achieve something this season and I think you can see that on the pitch.”

Exacting demands: Pochettino wants men of steel at Tottenham

Exacting demands: Pochettino wants men of steel at Tottenham

Spurs extended their unbeaten away record to 11 Premier League games courtesy of Tuesday’s 3-0 victory against Norwich and leapfrogged rivals Arsenal to secure third place in the table.

Tottenham are just five points adrift of pacesetters Leicester City ahead of Saturday’s clash with Watford and the team’s form has fans dreaming of a potential title challenge.

With the Europa League knockout stages underway this month, there is a fear that the squad could start to flag.

“Physically, we are 100 per cent,” said Alderweireld. “We can run all game and that is the way we want to play. We have quality and youg guys who are eager to make the difference.”