Spurs fans were left fearing the worst following Mauricio Pochettino’s decision not to include star defender Toby Alderweireld in the starting XI to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Sunday – and they were right to be.
There has been a lot of talk about the Belgium international’s future at the club in light of the ongoing stand-off regarding the player’s contract and his offer of a renewal which has so far gone unsigned.
After falling foul to a hamstring injury back in November against Real Madrid, the centre-back has been on the comeback trail for some time and even as far back as the start of February, the 29-year-old publicly confirmed that he was fit and ready to return against Arsenal.
However, Mauricio Pochettino has limited Alderweireld to two FA Cup outings since his return to fitness, against Newport County and Rochdale, and has insisted that his decision is based on a reluctance to rush his player back into action to avoid further setbacks.
But Spurs fans need only look to Harry Kane to see why their manager’s words are complete nonsense after dramatically snubbing the Belgian.
Despite an ankle injury that was suspected to keep the England striker out for six weeks, Kane found himself on the bench for the match against Chelsea which proves the Argentinian is not afraid to rush his star player back.
Why should Alderweireld be any different? It is simple enough; he has no future at the club.
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