Tottenham’s ageing defenders
Toby Alderweireld has been a key member of Tottenham’s backline for several seasons now.
Since joining from Atletico Madrid, the Belgian has gone on to make over 150 appearances for the North London club.
The 30-year-old has also been a key player this season, managing 49 appearances across all competitions.
However, Alderweireld’s current contract will expire in July of 2020.
With the centre-back yet to put pen to paper on a new deal, his Spurs future remains very much up in their air, and he is even being linked with a move to Manchester United.
Tottenham have a similar problem with Jan Vertonghen, who is 32, and also has a contract that expires in just over a year.
Ake to replace Alderweireld?
With two of their best centre-backs both getting on in years and soon to be out of contract, it is likely that Spurs will have to sign a replacement or two soon.
And, according to ex-Tottenham midfielder Darren Anderton, Spurs should replace Alderweireld with Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake:
“Nathan Ake would be the perfect replacement for Alderweireld at Tottenham.
“With Alderweireld’s contract up in the summer [sic], all the signs point to him leaving the club which would be terrible for Spurs.
“Ake is a class player, he’s a very good defender who is comfortable on the ball. Eddie Howe getting him down to Bournemouth has been one of his greatest achievements at the club.
“Bournemouth owe a lot of their Premier League survival to Ake. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Tottenham going for him. I know that Nathan Ake is very happy at Bournemouth, but Tottenham is a very attractive option.” As quoted by the Evening Standard.
Ake played all 38 of the Cherries’ Premier League games this season, only failing to complete 90 minutes once.
The 24-year-old is a solid defender who is also good on the ball.
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