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Tottenham should not fear a departure of two of their first teamers, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose after Mauricio Pochettino reportedly green-lighted the duo’s exit this summer.

At 29, Alderweireld was always likely to depart at this stage of his career in a bid to ensure he does not remain trophyless, while the England defender Rose, has been touted as a transfer target of Manchester United.

But with fans particularly keen to see the Belgian international in the new stadium next season his recent absence, brought on by a hamstring injury suffered back against Real Madrid in the visit of the La Liga giants to Wembley in the Champions League earlier in the season, has shown they can manage without him.

Last season with the centre-back in the side, Spurs conceded 26 goals in the Premier League all season.

This season they have 25 against so far with eight matches still to play, but the competition has been much stronger in 2017/18.

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Pochettino’s side are the third best defensively speaking up to the point of writing, and with Davison Sanchez stepping in and up to the challenge, the Colombian international has shown there is life beyond Alderweireld.

The 21-year-old has formed a formidable partnership alongside Jan Vertonghen and at his age can go on to dominate for many more years.

Similarly, Ben Davies has shone in the left-back spot, and with injuries often hampering Rose and Alderweireld’s contract nearing an end, it’s no wonder that Pochettino has green-lighted the duo’s exit.

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