Toby Alderweireld’s injury problems
One of the reasons put forward for Tottenham’s recent wobble in the Premier League was due to the absence of Toby Alderweireld.
The Belgian defender came off with a hamstring injury during the famous Wembley win over Real Madrid in the Champions League.
On Tuesday, it was revealed that Alderweireld will be out until February with the hamstring injury.
A worse prognosis than the original one that said early January. But, better than April, which some reports had suggested in recent weeks.
The beginning of February is a crucial period for Spurs, as they face games against Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus.
Tottenham’s long term worry over Toby Alderweireld
There is also a long term worry for Tottenham over Toby Alderweireld.
It was revealed last month that Tottenham remain in dispute with the Belgian defender over his new contract.
Alderweireld earns 50,000 pounds a week at Spurs. He is asking for over 110,000 pounds on a new deal.
As it stands, Tottenham are holding firm and no new deal has been agreed.
The problem for Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is that Alderweireld’s current deal at Spurs expires in 2019.
Tottenham have the option to extend Alderweireld’s deal by a further 12 months but triggering it would activate a release clause in Alderweireld’s contract allowing him to leave for £25million in the summer transfer window immediately after the clause was activated.
Daniel Levy talks publicly about Alderweireld’s contract
Besides the new stadium, a new Toby Alderweireld contract is one of the main talking points amongst Spurs fans.
On Monday night, Tottenham held a fans forum, where supporters could ask questions of chairman Daniel Levy, manager Mauricio Pochettino and captain Hugo Lloris.
Levy said that he remains confident that the club will agree terms on new deal for Alderweireld.
At fans forum tonight, Poch said Toby won't be fit for another 5 weeks & Levy said he is confident that Toby will sign a new deal! pic.twitter.com/wyzCjPbb7H
— lawrence collins (@CollinsLawrence) December 11, 2017