Speaking on a recent video posted on his YouTube channel, Alasdair Gold discussed the future of Tottenham Hotspur centre-back, Toby Alderweireld.
Since arriving at Spurs from Atletico Madrid in what was a £14.4 million deal back in the summer of 2015, Alderweireld has so far gone on to feature 219 times for Tottenham, chipping in with nine goals and providing five assists along the way.
However, despite being awarded with a new contract shortly after Jose Mourinho’s appointment as Tottenham manager in November 2019, so far this season, the £18 million-rated centre-back has started just 12 of the club’s 20 Premier League fixtures.
The 31-year-old was one topic of conversation on a recent video posted on Gold’s YouTube channel, in which the journalist claimed it appears Alderweireld could be being pushed out of the club by Mourinho.
He said: “People maybe glossed over this one slightly. Toby Alderweireld was loving Mourinho when he first came. [He] possibly didn’t have the best relationship with [Mauricio] Pochettino, but when Mourinho came, it was like the saviour had arrived; he signed a new contract, everything was rosy.
“If you look at this season, Alderweireld has started or played in roughly half of the Premier League games. He’s very much being pushed out to being not an important player in the Premier League.”
Does Alderweireld deserve to be left out?
TIF Thoughts on Alasdair Gold’s comments regarding Toby Alderweireld…
While Mourinho has form for leaving players out of his squads, not visible more so than with Dele Alli, whom the 58-year-old has awarded with just 74 minutes of Premier League football this season, Alderweireld is rather a surprising player to have appeared in Mourinho’s bad books.
Last season, the 31-year-old was a prominent part of the Portuguese manager’s plans, both in the Premier League and the Champions League, while this season, the defender has averaged a highly impressed WhoScored match rating of 7.02/10 over his 12 top-flight appearances – ranking him as the club’s best-performing centre-back in the league.
As such, in our opinion, it is something of a mystery as to why Mourinho appears to have lost a significant amount of interest in Alderweireld.