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Spurs: Toby Alderweireld stole the show in north London derby win vs Arsenal

Harry Kane and Heung-min Son combined once again to steer Tottenham Hotspur back to the top of the Premier League table.

Spurs’ prolific double act were at the heart of another impressive and crucial victory, this time over arch-rivals Arsenal in the north London derby.

It took just 13 minutes for the mercurial South Korean to curl a long-range effort past visiting goalkeeper, Bernd Leno, much to the delight of the home supporters, who were inside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first time in 277 days.

They were soon celebrating a second when the talismanic Kane rifled home from a blistering counter-attack right on half-time.

But for all the plaudits that the lethal duo deserve, there was another name who perhaps went under the radar, even more so as he came straight back in from injury.

That, of course, being Toby Alderweireld.

Spurs fans, who was your MOTM in the north London derby?

Harry Kane

Harry Kane

Toby Alderweireld

Toby Alderweireld

Heung-min Son

Heung-min Son

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

The Belgian titan went down with an injury in their phenomenal victory over Man City just a few weeks ago and was surprisingly named in the starting XI this evening having only just returned to training this week.

And what a solid display it was, shutting the Gunners out to make it four straight clean sheets in the top-flight.

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Alderweireld, who earns £85k-per-week in N17, was colossal at the back alongside Eric Dier as he won five of six duels (83%), made a whopping 11 clearances and also blocked one of Arsenal’s 11 shots at goal, via SofaScore.

The 31-year-old powerhouse did ever so well to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang quiet, and that much was eptimoised in his impressive last-ditch block when the visitors were mounting the pressure during the second period.

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Eric Dier

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Alasdair Gold at football.london graded the €30m (£27m) centre-back’s performance a nine out of ten, only bettered by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, and claimed:

“Back in the defence and he showed why Mourinho threw him straight back in. Made a great sliding block to deny Aubameyang in the final 10 minutes.”

Indeed that was certainly the case and whilst Son and Kane rightly deserve the accolades, you cannot underestimate the calming presence of Alderweireld in that back line.

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