Alderweireld: Best defender in the Premier League?

Toby Alderweireld has been one of Tottenham’s stars since he joined in July 2015 for a steal at £11.5 million.

Almost two years on, he’s scored 4 goals in 62 league appearances, and Tottenham have conceded just 57 goals in two Premier League seasons, having the joint best defensive record in the 2015/16 season and they look set to repeat the feat in the 2016/17 season too, forming a formidable defensive partnership with Belgium teammate Jan Vertonghen.

Last season we won a place in the Premier League PFA Team of the Year and Europa League Squad of the Season, as well as coming out on top for Tottenham’s Player of the Year award.

As for his personal statistics in the league, he has committed just 7 fouls this season, being booked just once. He has a 91% tackle success and has recorded a clean sheet in over half of the games he’s been a part in. Of the 25 games he’s played, Tottenham have won 18.

The most notable stat of all is Alderweireld’s incredible record of his team consistently having one of the best defensive records in that respective league:

Ajax 2010/11 – best in the league
Ajax 2011/12 – 2nd best in the league
Ajax 2012/13 – best in the league
Atletico Madrid 2013/14 – best in the league
Southampton 2014/15 – 2nd best in the league
Tottenham 2015/16 – joint best in the league
Tottenham 2016/17, 33 games played – best in the league

Watching Alderweireld week-in, week-out allows you to see what an elite player he is. He is so calm and composed on the ball; able to bring the ball out of defence, launch inch-perfect diagonal long balls, and make marauding runs up the pitch when he sees an opportunity. Not just this, but he is a threat at set pieces, often winning headers and even scoring a couple.

Ultimately, Alderweireld makes up the best defence in the Premier League, and has been crucial to every team he’s played for in the last 7 years. A brilliant passer, composed when defending, and a level head who very rarely commits fouls. I believe this makes him the best defender in the Premier League.

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