Long may Alderweireld remain the bedrock of Tottenham’s defense. He was excellent against Burnley. There’s a reason that Spurs were able to keep a clean sheet despite pretty poor play from their fullbacks.
I’m not sure what I like more, Alderweireld’s excellent defending or his brilliant diagonal balls forward. Fortunately, I didn’t have to choose yesterday. Alderweireld put them both on fine display against the Clarets.
It was a boring, quiet day at the office for Spurs’ other Belgian central defender. He didn’t play as well as his countryman, but he still had an excellent shift for his side.
In some ways, the less you notice Vertonghen, the better he’s actually playing. There wasn’t a lot of cause to call his name against Burnley. The reason for that was his excellent, calm defending. He even managed to make up for Ben Davies’ poor play beside him.
It’s pretty difficult to rate a keeper in a match like this. There just wasn’t much for Hugo Lloris to do on the afternoon. He was solid, and that’s all he really needed to be. The French captain handled the chances he needed to handle, but wasn’t really tested. 6.5 might be a little low given the clean sheet, but I can’t recall him making anything other than an ordinary save.