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Spurs’ Sanchez emerging as a top-class defender

This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Davinson Sanchez turned in an assured performance as Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 with Everton at the weekend.

On the chalkboard

While it will have been disheartening for a number of Spurs fans to see their team once again fail to win on the road – something they haven’t done since January – they can at least take some solace from the performance of the Colombia international.

Per WhoScored, Sanchez had 76 touches of the ball throughout the game, the second-highest, behind Toby Alderweireld, of any Spurs player to start the game.

With those touches, he tallied a pass accuracy of 86%, a stat only bettered by Son Heung-Min and Alderweireld throughout the 90 minutes.

The 23-year-old also won two aerial duels throughout the encounter and won the four tackles that he attempted; he also made three clearances and one interception.

While Sanchez did commit one foul, he did not make an error and was a generally assiduous presence in the Spurs backline.

A glimpse of the future

Alderweireld’s contract expires in the summer and so does Jan Vertonghen’s.

Thus, Spurs need a player they can rely on in the heart of their defence, particularly if they are not inclined to spend big on potentially replacing the Belgian duo.

Sanchez is looking like the man to build around at the back; he has been excellent throughout his seven Premier League appearances thus far, winning 1.7 tackles per game,  while making 3.3 clearances and 1 interception and clocking an impressive 88.4% passing accuracy.

Should Pochettino drop Eriksen?

No, he has to play

No, he has to play

Yes, and start Lo Celso

Yes, and start Lo Celso

Yes, and start Lamela

Yes, and start Lamela

Yes, and start Alli

Yes, and start Alli

One has to remember that, while he cost the club a then-record £42m, Sanchez remains a young prospect with another decade, at least, at the top level – injuries permitting.

And it appears that he is growing into a truly imperious centre-back.

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