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​Pochettino lauds Tottenham defender Alderweireld

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Toby Alderweireld should have been included on the shortlist for the PFA Players' Player of the Year.

Pochettino was full of praise for the Belgium international and although he feels defenders are under-appreciated when it comes to awards and recognition, he says the snub will not affect his player.

"Football is to score goals," Pochettino said. "But for us like a manager it is very important for me the keeper and defensive line are in the same level of importance of player.

"I cannot do anything about this because I am not involved in the selection of the players. There is no defensive player on the list and I have nothing to say but I am happy with him.

"His performances have been fantastic from beginning of the season and he doesn't need to be recognised to feel that."

Ian Ferris
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