Saints had sold most of their 2013/14 team and had rebuilt with a team of players that would go on to finish 7th the following season. Alderweireld arrived to take Dejan Lovren’s place after signing on loan from Atletico Madrid.
A commanding presence at the back who also had a good eye for a pass, the Belgium international was a natural partner for then Saints captain Jose Fonte.
He played 28 times for Saints and made a real impression in his time at St Mary’s but the club were denied the chance to sign him permanently once Spurs registered their interest to Atletico.
In a day that will live long in the memory of Saints fans, Alderweireld’s signing was also coupled with the arrival of the next man…