Five centre backs that could potentially replace Toby Alderweireld next season

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Dom Le Roy

What if one of our stalwarts, our punisher of dribblers and lover of hair products Toby Alderweireld was to be cashed in for a vital £25 million by Daniel Levy this summer?
Who replaces a man so composed at the back and a provider of inch-perfect long balls?

Step forward five potential defenders that could fill his shoes:

Joachim Andersen


Andersen is a 23-year-old Dane who plies his trade for Sampdoria in Serie A. Taking a few months to settle in after arriving from FC Twente in 2017, Andersen has finally staked his claim in the heart of Sampdoria’s defence and it’s easy to see why some of the game’s elite are taking an interest.

He is comfortable on the ball and isn’t afraid of a take on, he also loves finding a teammate with a slick pass or a delicate long ball. Standing at 6ft4 he’s also comfortable when heading the ball clear.


His tackling stats won’t drop your pants, averaging 1.3 tackles (Whoscored) per game. This is an area he could improve, but with potential and some Pochettino loving, he could flourish.

Nathan Ake


Ake is a former Chelsea academy product that was let go after admitting to a dark period under former manager Jose Mourinho (The Telegraph). This forced Ake to venture to the south coast and realise his potential under Eddie Howe at Bournemouth in 2017. Another blemish on Chelsea’s portfolio for promising youth.

The 24-year-old Dutch international is a comfortable ball player who fits in at left back, central defence and midfield, he shows great composure when in possession and a passing accuracy of 85.1 (Whoscored) per game, he also holds a great sense of positioning when up against opposition attackers with a staggering 5.8 clearances (as per Whoscored) per game.


Nathan loves a cross, but they’re not always accurate, this is a minor detail he can improve. Poch can help.

William Saliba


This rumour stinks of Saliba’s agent trying to light a fire under our stammering neighbours, Arsenal.

However, Saliba is one of those rare gems, especially at the young age of 18, who seems to have it all.

A product of the AS Saint-Etienne academy, Saliba broke into the first team last season to amass an impressive 22 appearances at right back and centre back in his first season.

In just a few games Saliba was able to showcase strong tackling and interception statistics with 2.1 and 1.8 respectively (Whoscored) per game.


Not sure… at 18 years of age, any shortcomings can be ironed out by Pochettino. 

Eric Bailly


Bailly is a 25-year-old Ivorian Coast international that has suffered an injury-plagued time since joining Manchester United in 2016.

Regardless of injuries this season, his statistics remain strong as he amassed 1.3 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 3.1 clearances (as per Whoscored) per game in just 8 premier league games.


He loves the physio room… but, with Pochettino’s magic dust and an injury free season, Bailly could capture his impressive 2016/17 form and become our new stalwart.


Tanganga has just signed a new contract with Tottenham Hotspur and has shown promise working through the Tottenham academy ranks. He is one for the future who looks assured on the ball and in the tackle, and he is a lover of a long ball and a headed goal.


Time will tell. At 20 years old and with a new contract under his belt, hopefully, he will knuckle down and work his way into the first team.

That’s our top 5, who do you think we should move for if Toby were to leave?

Spurs Web opinion:

Of course, we would rather Toby penned a new contract with Spurs, but if his hearts set on leaving Tottenham at the end of his contract, then I can only thank him for the number of times he has personally saved a match for us.

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  1. I doubt that Toby is going anywhere this off-season, I certainly hope not and that would be consistent with his own words that he intends to honour his contract. From my perspective you can add Lewis Dunk to your list. His age, 27, might be slightly against him in terms of a Levy purchase, but make no mistake about it this guy is a top defender, with that ‘never-say-die’ attitude you love to see in a CB. He was outstanding for Brighton against us and then the Brighton game I watched the following week against the Arse. Every time I have seen this guy he is like a fucking wall. Probably would cost 30 mill but would be money well spent in my opinion.

  2. Or we could go another way! Going on the rising stupid prices that defenders are going for now days your probably talking upwards of 35 plus mil for a good or promising defender. So what if even if Toby wasn’t to sign a new contract we keep him for his last year as 1 year with him is better than nothing. I know he will leave for free but that year will give Pochettino the chance and time to get Eric Dier ready to step in, Dier started his carrier as a CB and Pochettino thinks he would make a fantastic CB. As we have Sanchez and Foyth so really Dier would hopefully have to play very little this year unless Poche wants him too or bad injury hope not. Eric has filled in there before and has done a decent job but a having a season to get read should give Dier time to build confidence in that position again.
    We get to keep Toby another year / We get to play Eric Dier more and get our wage worth out of him / We don’t have to go out and buy a 40 mil player, hoping he will fit in or even be able to handle the premier league pressure. Also it only cost the 25 mil we lost on not selling Toby, imo getting to keep Toby for another year is worth that alone.


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