Sanchez to leave Spurs?

Tottenham will listen to offers for Davinson Sanchez this summer as they look to freshen up their backline. Since arriving at Tottenham from Ajax in August 2017, Davinson Sanchez has shown much potential. At almost 1.9 meters and built like a rock, Sanchez is a specimen in the defense who has historically gotten by as much on his athleticism as anything.  The one area of concern was the tendency in the past to make a rash challenge from time-to-time.

On average per 90 minutes, Sanchez still fouls more than either Eric Dier or Toby Alderweireld, but he also does a lot else more than either Eric Dier or Toby Alderweireled as well. In fact, it is because Sanchez has such a different skill set than either the Englishman or Belgian that he is a must right now in the Tottenham defense. However, that has not always been the way this season.

Having made 28 appearances across all competitions this term, Sanchez has been given plenty of opportunities to impress.

He has largely been paired with Toby Alderweireld in recent weeks, and has been overshadowed by his Belgian teammate this season. Alderweireld has received an average game rating of 6.92 in the Premier League, whilst Sanchez has been down at 6.71. Interestingly, that puts him at the exact same mark as fellow defender Eric Dier.

However, Sanchez does fall some way behind Alderweireld and Dier in terms of blocks and clearances made. Alderweireld has blocked 18 shots in the league, with Dier up at 24, whereas Sanchez is comfortably below the duo at 11.

Meanwhile, in the ‘clearances’ category, Alderweireld and Dier have made 97 and 100 respectively, leaving Sanchez trailing in their wake with just 68 to his name.

Tottenham’s defence has been criticised on a regular basis this year. Following the side’s defeat to West Ham last month, former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara was unforgiving with his views on Sanchez and his teammates.

Speaking on talkSPORT via TEAMtalk, he said: “Looking at the team, the back-four is just an absolute shambles. I don’t know why Jose keeps playing [Davinson] Sanchez and [Eric] Dier because it’s probably one of the worst partnerships in the Premier League!”

When asked what the club should do about Sanchez and Dier, O’Hara’s response was definitive: “Get rid of them!”

It seems that O’Hara may get his wish, with Davison Sanchez potentially on his way out of North London this summer.

Throughout his time at Spurs, he has been unable to fully convince that he is a long-term solution to their defensive issues. Having patiently waited for Jan Vertonghen to be moved on, it seemed that this was the year that Sanchez could cement his place in the team.

He has not managed to do that. The young centre-back has been in and out of the side, and his challenge on Alexandre Lacazette to give Arsenal a penalty on the weekend was a perfect example of how there appears to always be an error just around the corner with Sanchez.

Jose Mourinho’s team have a world-class front three, and a solid midfield base with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Tanguy Ndombele pulling the strings.

The defense is a glaring weakness, though, and needs to be addressed in the next transfer window. That could mean that Sanchez is allowed to leave, and it is unlikely that too many Tottenham supporters would be disappointed to see him depart.