Since arriving in England, Toby Alderweireld’s reputation has grown to almost unprecedented levels, particularly for a Tottenham player.
Spurs fans haven’t seen a defender of Alderweireld’s quality since the days of Ledley King, so it’s understandable that there are concerns whenever the Belgian’s future is spoken about in the media.
Alderweireld, speaking to the Evening Standard, has admitted to feeling homesick, claiming: “Sometimes I think about a career in Belgium. If I played for Anderlecht I could be at home every day.
“I’ve not been able to celebrate Christmas or New Year with my family since I was 15. I seldom see them if at all.”
Homesickness is something many fans don’t consider when speculating about a player’s future. Most would perhaps expect Toby’s future to be at one of Spain’s elite clubs, not back in Belgium.
But the 27-year-old has insisted he is happy where he is, saying: “I am playing at the highest level, and want to stay there as long as possible as this is what I have worked so hard for down the years.
“I just have one idea in mind — to get the maximum out of football. Enjoying comes later. Meanwhile, all these experiences make me stronger.”