When Toby Alderweireld pulled up with a hamstring injury in the victory over Real Madrid earlier this month, some Tottenham fans were surprisingly calm.
That’s because the Belgian had arguably been far from his best during the first three months of the season.
However, it’s now becoming clear that Alderweireld is a crucial cog in the Spurs machine, both defensively and in bringing the ball out from the back.
Since his injury, Tottenham have won just one of their four Premier League games, drawing one and losing two.
Belgian football journalist Kristof Terreur also dug up some stats on Twitter (below). Spurs have won 28 of their 40 (70%) Premier League games with Alderweireld in the starting XI compared to five of their 12 league matches (41.7%) without him.
— Kristof Terreur 📰 (@HLNinEngeland) November 29, 2017
The 28-year-old has been ruled out until after Christmas through injury, meaning Tottenham must find a way to win games without him.
The fans were fuming with the team after Tuesday night’s defeat at Leicester. Will Spurs rediscover their form against Watford on Saturday?