Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he’s not playing enforcer Toby Alderweireld on merit at his pre-match press conference on Friday, and fans have taken to Twitter to react.

After claiming that he wasn’t fit enough to play, before the centre-back put in 90-minutes for Belgium v Saudi Arabia, Pochettino has now said that it’s down to the defender’s form.

The brutal comments were made on Friday morning and quoted by Football.London journalist Alasdair Gold.

Tottenham fans took to Twitter to react to the latest twist in the Alderweireld saga, with one saying this was Pochettino putting him on the “naughty step”.

Alderweireld has been the subject of a long-running will he/won’t he sign a new contract and this seems to be the upshot – sign or you’re sidelined.

With that in mind, one Spurs fan said it looked like he wouldn’t play for Tottenham again.

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However, another said it was more down to the form of Davinson Sanchez in the centre of defence.

Either way the narrative has changed over Alderweireld and it will be interesting to see if the defender does make another appearance before the end of the season.

Here are the best reactions from Tottenham fans to Pochettino’s brutal remarks:

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