Tottenham Hotspur may have attracted criticism during this summer’s transfer window because they remained inactive in the market for quite a while. However, the club made last minute transactions to beef up their squad with high quality and experienced players, especially in the defense. The arrival of Davinson Sanchez to Wembley has proved fruitful as the defender played impeccably well in the Champions League while in Ajax. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will definitely mold the Colombian to near perfection even as Tottenham odds for all EPL matches remain shifty.
Sanchez has played only in three Premier League matches so far and he has already taken his defensive role seriously in the squad. Last season, the club had the best defense in the English Premier League and the addition of the center back makes the squad more impenetrable. Eric Dier had to switch to a midfield role permanently to accommodate the Colombian, which makes would make the England International to reach his full potential.
Throughout Pochettino’s coaching career, he has preferred center backs who are confident with the ball and can easily create counter attacks from deep. The main aim is to ensure the squad moves faster up field. The Colombian stayed at Ajax for one season only; however, with the club renowned reputation for producing excellent defenders, Sanchez has improved tremendously. Among the three highly skilled center backs currently in Tottenham Hotspurs, the Colombian international has a 91% pass accuracy so far and has great confidence while in possession. We expect the defender to blend in quickly with the entire squad and their overall game will gradually improve in every game.
In comparison to the Dutch league, the Premier League displays a more physical rather than technical style of football. Many defenders usually have to play many games to familiarize with the league, but Sanchez seemed to have little trouble understanding it. Some of the biggest advantages he has is his unbelievable strength and influence as well as his tenacity to change from one style of football to another easily. The center back has impressed many fans by winning more aerial balls than Toby Alderweireld. Furthermore, Davinson Sanchez possesses an intelligent way of reading the game. He is very aggressive when seeking to regain possession as well. The 3-4-2-1 formation adopted by Pochettino accommodates him perfectly as seen in the past three matches.
The 21-year old defender has solidified Tottenham’s defensive abilities, which makes him a suitable candidate and regular starter for a Premier League team that aims to reach the top-six. Some people may have slammed the club for wasting £42 million on Sanchez and that the huge gamble was not worth it. However, it seems Spurs had done thorough scouting on the ex-Ajax player and it is now reaping the fruits of their sweet labor for the club. Spurs managed to beat Barcelona to sign Sanchez to North London before the Spanish club completed such a deal. With a tremendous start in the Premier League, the Colombian has high chances of becoming one of the most decorated defenders in Europe. His move to Tottenham has landed him a great coach who will ensure he becomes stronger.