Tony Alderweireld has been outstanding since his summer move from Atletico Madrid

By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes

Harry Kane has expressed his surprise at teammate Toby Alderweireld’s absence from the PFA Player of the Year shortlist.

The Tottenham defender has had an outstanding debut season at White Hart Lane following his transfer from Atletico Madrid last summer.

Alderweireld has played every minute of every Premier League match as Spurs fight with Leicester to win the title, astonishingly committing only nine fouls.

The Belgian has been an integral member of a side that have comfortably the best defensive record in the top flight this season, conceding just 25 goals from their 34 matches.

Kane, who is on the six-man shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year alongside Dimitri Payet, Mesut Ozil and Leicester trio Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante, is surprised Alderweireld is not on it.

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“He has been phenomenal for us this season,” said Kane, as quoted by the Guardian. “He’s really been a great player and he’s a great guy. I’m a little bit surprised he isn’t on there.

“I think he has been fantastic and everyone has seen that. Maybe defenders don’t always get the recognition like the other players get. He’s a great lad and he will keep on doing what he’s doing for us.”

Kane, who won the young player of the year award last season, is unsure if he will attend Sunday’s ceremony because of Tottenham’s game on Monday against West Brom.

Spurs are five points behind Leicester in the title race with four matches of the season remaining.

In other Tottenham news, there has been a twist in the club’s pursuit of new striker.