By Richard Parks
Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler has claimed on Sky Sports that Toby Alderweireld “has upset a few people” at Tottenham.
The defender has been frozen out by Mauricio Pochettino from the team even though he is fully fit and available for selection.
Speculation about the Belgium international intensified after he was omitted from Spurs’ matchday squad for the team’s 3-1 win over Chelsea on Sunday.
Alderweireld has made only two appearances for Spurs since the beginning of November due to hamstring problems but played the full 90 minutes for Belgium in midweek and his national manager Roberto Martinez emphasised how strongly he finished the match.
In conversation with Sky pundit and co-commentator Gary Neville, Tyler explained there are issues behind the scenes after talks between the player and club over a new contract reached deadlock.
“There are suggestions that he has upset a few people and that he will leave in the summer,” Tyler told Sky Sports’ live coverage of the match during the first half. “That could happen, or he could agree a new contract and stay.
“But it appears that there is much to sort out and Tottenham are doing fine without him.”
Football Insider verdict:
Whichever way you look at it, the only conclusion to be drawn from Alderweireld’s absence from the Spurs squad when fully fit is that the club plan to sell him at the end of the season. As Tyler points out, the contract row simmering in the background is the main problem, here. Kyle Walker was similarly demoted in the final weeks of last season, and the writing is surely now on the wall for Alderweireld, who knows he can command a far higher salary at another elite club that his current reported £50,000-a-week deal at Tottenham. Expect another £40million-plus departure, and despair from supporters. Davinson Sanchez has performed admirably in his debut season, and delivered a solid display at the Bridge. But he is young and not yet near the level of Alderweireld. Spurs are playing a dangerous game if they cash in on their best defender this summer.
In other Tottenham news, the club are working on a deal to sign a 29-year-old left footer who would be a sensational signing.