The rumours surrounding Toby Alderweireld’s potential departure have become so widespread that it seems an almost truth than the Belgian contract-rebel will be pursuing a new home outside of North London.
The Daily Mail has thrown Spurs fans a curveball by reporting that Tottenham Hotspur have shown interest in West Bromwich Albion’s Jonny Evans as a potential replacement.
The 30-year-old defender is reportedly being chased by Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester United. Before WBA’s disastrous season began, Pulis was demanding a heavy price tag of £30m for the defender – and Arsenal failed in January in their pursuits to sign him up to the Gunner ranks. It is now reported that his fee will not exceed £3m.
It is a crying shame that both Toby Alderweireld and the club seem to be unwilling to budge in the wage negotiations. Alderweireld is truly a remarkable defender. Not only that, he’s a remarkable character. He has a long lasting friendship with national counterpart Jan Vertonghen, and well, it just works. But if neither party is willing to budge, it is understandable the club sells him this summer instead of releasing him on a free transfer at the end of his contract in 2019.
Will Jonny Evans just be used to provide depth to the squad?
Personally, I do not thing Jonny Evans is an adequate replacement. Of course he is not, there is a huge gulf in ability between these players. His club are currently bottom of the Premier League with a total of 20 points; they are 19 points off of Stoke City in 19th and 10 points from safety. Evans has a clause in his contract which releases him from the club in the event of relegation. He is the captain of a sinking ship, and off he jumps.
More likely than not Spurs will plan on just using Jonny Evans to provide depth to the squad. Even if Alderweireld does leave, I do not see him getting the nod over Davinson Sanchez. For that reason, maybe he is worth the £3m, as long as Spurs aren’t put in a position where they are to rely on him.
— Alderweireld Toby (@AlderweireldTob) February 2, 2018
The demand for Toby seems rife, with keen interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, and Chelsea. On a good day, Alderweireld is easily one of the best defenders in the league, if not the best. If he is to be sold, sell him overseas – because he will be a threat to Spurs if he plays for any other Premier League club. Roberto Martinez, the head coach of the Belgian squad, has declared Toby fit. If he doesn’t get game time in the Spurs team upon his arrival after the international break, the rumours will be validated and the questions will be answered.