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Tottenham Hotspur defender Davinson Sanchez endured a genuine nightmare of a performance against Arsenal on Sunday.
The Colombia international, normally a centre-back, was deployed at right-back because of injuries to Juan Foyth, Eric Dier and Kyle Walker-Peters.
It did not work.
Sanchez had the joint-lowest WhoScored rating of any Spurs player to start the game, alongside Jan Vertonghen.
He had 59 touches of the ball and attempted 37 passes in total. He completed just 25, giving him a pass completion rate of 68%. Only Harry Kane had a lower tally of the outfield players on the pitch.
Sanchez was also dribbled past twice, won just one aerial duel and completed just one tackle. He attempted three.
The 23-year-old committed two fouls, too, and was dispossessed on three separate occasions.
This cannot be allowed to happen again.
Sanchez is a centre-back by trade and is good on the ball, while he is adept at stepping out of defence and distributing possession.
At right-back though, he was hung out to dry.
By the nature of the position, he did not have much help and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, initially played on the left-wing, repeatedly got past him.
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Admittedly, Spurs do not have many other options, but Serge Aurier cannot have been happy with sitting out a game in which a specialist right-back was sorely needed.
Sanchez’s woes led to Spurs making a number of defensive mistakes throughout the game – his jitters transmitted across the backline – and this cannot be an experiment that is repeated.