Alderweireld delivers verdict on Tottenham win v Hull: This is what it means ahead of next season
By Matt Farr
Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld believes the emphatic win over Hull on Sunday will provide a massive statement ahead of next season.
The north Londoners completed their 2016-17 Premier League season with a 7-1 win over the Tigers at the KCOM Stadium, with Alderweireld joining four of his Tottenham team-mates on the scoresheet.
The 28-year-old netted the seventh and final goal for the visitors three minutes from full-time, following up a terrific treble from Harry Kane, and further strikes from Dele Alli, Victor Wanyama and Ben Davies.
Tottenham had earlier thumped Leicester City 6-1 in their previous outing, cementing an astonishing finish to the season for the club.
But Alderweireld believes the impressive victories delivered a valuable message to their rivals ahead of next season about their winning mentality.
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He told the club’s official website: “It was a great performance again. We started very well and we wanted to end the season strongly and with 6-1 and 7-1 wins, I think we did.
“Of course we had last season in mind, we didn’t perform that well at the end of the season so it was like a message and the mentality we always want to have – even if we don’t play for anything except for pride – is that we still keep on going and keep playing fantastic football.”
Tottenham capitulated at the end of the 2015-16 Premier League season to hand Leicester the advantage in the title race, and fans needed no reminder with a repeat performance this season.
They failed to win any of their last four matches in their season, and suffered an embarrassing 5-1 defeat to relegated Newcastle United on the final day of the campaign.
It was a stark contrast to their current efforts, with Tottenham winning nine of their final ten matches in the Premier League, but it still saw them fall short in the title race.
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