Le Tissier: Rarely-seen Tottenham player on 'different level' to mediocre mainstay teammate
By Richard Parks
Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier has claimed Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld is ‘on a different level’ to teammate Davinson Sanchez.
The Belgium international has played only twice for Spurs since tearing his hamstring against Real Madrid in the Champions League at the start of November.
But Alderweireld has insisted he is fully fit and played the full 90 minutes for his country in their 4-0 demolition of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday night as manager Roberto Martinez hailed how strongly he finished the match.
Sanchez has been a mainstay of the defence since joining last summer and has kept Alderweireld out of the team since he regained fitness in January only to then suffer a second less serious breakdown.
Southampton legend Le Tissier is no no doubt that the 29-year-old is a superior performer for the Colombia international.
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In his combined XI for Sky Sports, Le Tissier said: “I’m going for the Belgian centre-back pairing of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, who is on a different level to Davinson Sanchez. I think it would be a big blow if Tottenham fail to keep hold of Toby.”
Le Tissier is right. Alderweireld has the edge on Sanchez in every area, bar potential. The Belgian is at the peak of his powers, with the pedigree and experience that makes him a top-level central defender. Sanchez is eight years younger at 21, and has great promise, as Mauricio Pochettino has pointed out this season in ringing endorsements of the south American. Pochettino’s selection appears to be partly dictated by Alderweireld’s contract stalemate with the club. Based on football abilities alone, it is the Belgian who must start against Chelsea on Sunday.
In other Tottenham news, it can be revealed that the club have ripped up the contract of a defender.