Manchester United have been linked with Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld all summer with the latest reports indicating that the Red Devils will have to wait until after the World Cup to land their transfer target.
Although the central defender has gained a reputation for being a reliable and consistent performer, United fans won’t have been particularly impressed by his latest showing in the World Cup, where Belgium emerged as lucky 3-2 victors thanks to a last minute Nacer Chadli goal.
Tottenham are reportedly seeking a huge fee for the 29-year-old, but his performance last night won’t have done Daniel Levy any favours as he struggled against an inventive Japanese side who punished Belgium for their complacency and were unfortunate not to progress.
Alderweireld didn’t make a single tackle in the whole 90 minutes and only managed to register one clearance and one block during the game.
In the Premier League last season, he averaged 3.6 clearances and 1.4 tackles per game.
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It is perhaps worth mentioning that Alderweireld has not yet returned to full match fitness as he was sidelined for most of last season.
He has certainly shown enough over his last three seasons in the Premier League for Manchester United fans not to worry about their potential new defender.
However, it is worth mentioning that at 29, United will be forking out a lot of money for someone who has struggled with injuries when they could invest less on someone who could form the bedrock of their team for many years to come.