Poch reveals reason behind Alderweireld recall

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Mauricio Pochettino has revealed the the reason why he recalled Toby Alderweireld back into his Tottenham starting line-up.

The Belgian defender who is being linked with a summer move away from the club due to his protracted contract talks slotted in alongside Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez in a central defensive trio for the defeat at West Bromwich Albion.

Alderweireld has not featured in the starting eleven before yesterday since th draw at Brighton, with the Spurs boss citing the fact when asked previously that he was happy with the form of his current eleven.  However, Pochettino felt a change was needed.

Despite the defeat, Toby showed glimpses of his quality and if we really do want to push on and challenge in future seasons, how can we do so when we are losing truly world class players. Put your hand in your pocket Levy and start paying players on parity with the rest of the top four.

“I think the last few performances wasn’t great,” he told Football London.

“I think we need more consistency and then to try to find with our full-backs to go forward and stay wide. I am happy because I think the system worked. But I think today to play with one or another system is not the key. I think the key is to be more aggressive. I think the team played well.

“Maybe some details [can improve] but to be clinical in front of goal is our challenge, because I think this type of game, with the chances, possession, the possibility to play in the last third or in the opposite, half, we need to create more – more one v ones, be more aggressive, run forward in behind their defence.

“I think we played like ‘ok, next action we are going to [score]. If we don’t score, ok, next, next next’.

“I think we need to realise we need to be more aggressive from the beginning and don’t wait, and to score if we have the chances, and then manage the game. But it was like ‘ok, we are going [to score] because we are dominating the game’. That is a little bit what punished us.”

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  1. Listen,sick and tired as am I.
    I’m not disappointed with the result.You need to understand to play against a side who fighting for their lives.
    I fear for our club because this club deserved a silverware.I do fear all the players will leave Daniel Levy has to go and bring a Arabian management to bring the next level and quality players.
    Please help this club otherwise regelation will be on the next corner.
    Levy out!

  2. Wouldn’t go that far.. Open the pocketbook!!! $$$ for a stadium and Levys salary but not for the lokes of Toby the best defender Spurs have… It is time to put up the $$$.. We have kit spend IT

  3. I have been watching Spurs for over 40 years, and the last few games are SO familiar. We have the players, the skills, and CAN play in a manner that makes you drool, but the last run seems to lack the mental nous. I have read so many comments from the players about they WANT to play Champions League, they WANT to win the Premier League, we WANT to fight back after ????????????? but so often seem to expect opponents to fall over BECAUSE they are playing SPURS, well it just doesn’t happen. Yes I think the present squad has so much potential but it just isn’t being realised, and I’m afraid the final responsibility rests in the boardroom and the coaches desk.

  4. Please play Auderwield in every game from now on then get down to paying him and the rest of team parity with other Premier league top four players.Talking about buying the likes of Stoke city drop outs and second class centre halves is a get out on the cheap we will never win anything with this mentality.


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