Tottenham Hotspur succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, with a last-gasp goal for the Baggies all-but ending the club’s chances of finishing second this season.

Spurs dominated possession and territory but struggled to break a stubborn opponent down, with the visitors not taking the few chances that were created over the 90 minutes.

Overall the game will be one to forget, but a rare positive for Tottenham supporters was the inclusion of Toby Alderweireld in the starting XI.

The Belgian defender has been on the fringes of things, initially due to injury and most lately due to Mauricio Pochettino preferring Davinson Sanchez to him.

With Alderweireld’s contract running down and a reported reluctance for him to accept the terms of an extension offered by Tottenham, most supporters have gotten used to the idea that the centre-half will be sold this summer.

However, in an ideal world, Spurs playing the defender for the rest of the season and working out the terms of a new deal would be as good as a new signing for the club.

Pochettino was asked about Alderweireld in the aftermath of the game and stated he was happy with the Belgian’s performance.

Spurs also looked more balanced with a back three again – here’s hoping that the critical centre-half’s future remains at the club.