By Harry Sykes
Alan Shearer is stunned that Toby Alderweireld has been excluded from the PFA team of the year announced on Thursday.
The Tottenham defender has been overlooked by his peers in favour of Chelsea centre-back duo David Luiz and Gary Cahill.
Alderweireld’s omission drew much comment on social media after the teams for all the four professional divisions were announced by the footballers’ trade union.
Match of the Day pundit Shearer was among those unimpressed and he joked that the Spurs defensive leader must have done something wrong behind the scenes.
“Either Toby Alderweireld hasn’t paid his subs or he’s annoyed a few people because he should be in this team,” wrote the former Newcastle and Blackburn striker on his personal Twitter account on Thursday morning.
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) April 20, 2017
Shearer did not state whether Alderweireld should have got the nod over Luiz or Cahill, who have both been mainstays of the team for league leaders Chelsea.
Like the west Londoners, Spurs also have four players in the team of the year, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli and full-back duo Danny Rose and Kyle Walker getting the vote from their peers.
Alderweireld has been one of the outstanding defenders in the Premier League since joining Spurs in the summer of 2015 and has been integral to the transformation of the team under Mauricio Pochettino.
The 28-year-old’s exclusion comes 24 hours after a Sky journalist delivered the bombshell news that Alderweireld has told the club he will not sign a new contract.
In other Tottenham news, the club have sensationally terminated the contract of one of their defenders.