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Robbie Savage claims Tottenham ace is not world class

By Dominic Toner

Robbie Savage believes that Toby Alderweireld should not be considered world-class.

The Wales midfielder was discussing the lack of top defenders in the Premier League and says Manchester City’s John Stones has the biggest potential to reach world-class status.

Alderweirled, 27, is regarded as one of the best defenders in English football and is a part of the league’s best defence at Spurs, conceding just six goals this season.

The centre-back is currently excelling at White Hart Lane and first proved his worth during a loan spell at Southampton from Atletico Madrid.

Pundit Savage believes that Alderweireld is certainly effective at Spurs, but was not prepared to put him in the top bracket of defenders.

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“I like Toby Alderweireld at Tottenham – he is probably the most influential member of an excellent defensive unit, but is he world-class?” Savage told the Mirror. “He didn’t look quite up to that standard for Belgium in the Euros.”

Alderweireld has become a firm fan favourite since he arrived at White Hart Lane in 2015.

The Belgian international has forged a commanding partnership alongside compatriot Jan Vertonghen, which is widely regarded as one of the best centre-back combinations in the Premier League.

He has made 59 appearances for Spurs and played a major role in the club’s title challenge last season.

Alderweireld has missed the club’s last five games in all competitions with a knee injury and the north London side have not earned a win in that time.

In other Tottenham news, a report details that the club are close to sealing a defender agreement soon.