Alderweireld eagerly anticipating Chadli reunion

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld admits he is looking forward to facing compatriot Nacer Chadli when Spurs travel to West Brom this weekend.

The Belgian defender reveals north London club's squad miss the tricky winger, who made the decision to leave White Hart Lane in the off-season to secure more game time.

While Alderweireld became a regular starter under Mauricio Pochettino in the centre of defence, Chadli found his chances to impress few and far between. He joined the Baggies for a club-record fee of £13 million, having started just 10 Premier League games for Spurs last season.

Alderweireld told the Daily Star: "I think Nacer was a bit unlucky at Tottenham. He has a lot of quality as a player and works very hard as well, a true professional.

"It is difficult when there are so many good players in a squad as there are at Tottenham, every player's situation is different. I think he wanted to play more.

"It was his decision and we miss him at Spurs. We who played with him at Spurs and still for the national team know that very well.

"And you have seen at West Brom how well he is doing already. That was no surprise to me. He has made a quick impact there, has scored goals and impressed people after going there for a large fee.

"He is going to be a very tough opponent when we come up against him on Saturday. I respect him, but it will be a great battle for us."