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6th Dec, 2016 | 6:21pm

Chris Sutton makes bold claim about key Tottenham duo, compares them to rivals

By Amir Mir

Chris Sutton believes Tottenham duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are two of the top three central-defenders in the Premier League.

BT Sport pundit Sutton also stated that Southampton’s highly-rated centre-back Virgil van Dijk is also on that list.

Belgian duo Alderweireld and Vertonghen helped Spurs into the Champions League last season by guiding the club to a top three finish.

Equally van Dijk, who moved to the south coast from Glasgow giants Celtic during the summer of 2015, has gained huge praises for his performances in England.

The ball playing centre-half helped then Saints boss Ronald Koeman secure a Europa League spot last term, which has not gone unnoticed amongst the European giants amid speculation about his future.

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Here is Sutton revealing who the top three centre-backs are in the Premier League, as posted on his personal Twitter account.

This season, Alderweireld’s game time has been cut short as he is nearing a return from an ankle injury he suffered in October.

He has made ten Premier League and Champions League appearances this season, while his partner Vertonghen has played 18 games in the very same competitions.

On the other hand, Holland international van Dijk has played 20 Premier League, Europa League and EFL Cup games, helping the Saints keep ten clean sheets.

In other Tottenham team news, Mauricio Pochettino has shared which Spurs players have release clauses in their contracts.