Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has revealed that Norwich City were the first Premier League club to make an offer for him back in 2013.
The Belgian international has been one of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League for the last four or five years and has also been a regular fixture at international level.
He has rightly been hailed as one of Tottenham’s most consistent performers since moving from Atletico Madrid in 2015 but his performances this season have left a lot to be desired.
The experienced central defender has made some uncharacteristic errors recently and found himself being relegated to the bench for Tottenham’s past two games, a decision that Jose Mourinho admitted was tactical rather than fitness related (Football.London).
Alderweireld has now revealed that he could have joined the Canaries two years before he eventually got his first taste of Premier League football with a loan move to Southampton.
“I told them to talk to Ajax and my agent, but I can’t say we were close to a transfer. Not because I didn’t want to go, but because I left it up to my entourage to analyse the offers.”
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While most of us have made our peace with Vertonghen’s decline, it is Alderweireld’s sudden and drastic drop that is extremely hard to fathom. The defender is supposed to be at his peak at the moment but seems to have lost considerably pace and sharpness. Hopefully, it is a temporary issue related to form rather than a sign that he is deteriorating.
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