By Noel Whelan

7th Dec, 2020 | 6:45am

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Toby Alderweireld is the outstanding defender at Tottenham and will be integral to their title challenge.

That is according to ex-Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Belgium international following Sunday’s 2-0 Premier League win against Arsenal.

Alderweireld was restored to the Spurs starting XI just 10 days after suffering a groin injury that Jose Mourinho confirmed could rule him out for up to four weeks.

The long-standing Spur was instead back in action way ahead of schedule and contributed impressively to another clean sheet against elite opposition.

Alderweireld won all seven of his aerial duels against Arsenal (Wyscout) and also made eight interceptions in a sure-footed defensive display.

“Alderweireld is the best defender at that club,” Whelan told Football Insider“He’s a phenomenal player and it’s great to see him playing so well again.

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“At one stage it looked like Mourinho preferred [Eric] Dier and [Davinson] Sanchez, but Spurs always look better when Alderweireld is in the middle of that defence.

“It’s amazing to see him back playing so quickly and being so dominant when he was expected to be out for quite a while.

“That’s brilliant for Spurs and their fans, who know how good he is and how important he is to that team.”


Alderweireld made his 11th appearance of the season on Sunday and has started six of the club’s last seven Premier League matches.

The only league match he missed with his groin injury was the 1-0 win against Chelsea the previous weekend.

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