Davinson Sanchez is often the scapegoat at Tottenham Hotspur when things don’t go right, but the Colombian international produced a near-perfect display in the 4-0 win against Burnley on Sunday.
The former Ajax man has come under criticism from Spurs fans and the media for some of his recent displays, notably in the 3-0 defeat against Manchester City recently, where he was embarrassed by Ilkay Gundogan.
However, against Burnley, he was back to his best, as he comfortably dealt with the aerial threat of Sean Dyche’s side whilst also looking composed on the ball and in his defending.
As per SofaScore, the 24-year-old defender would earn an impressive 7.8 rating for his display against the Clarets, with only Gareth Bale, Heung-Min Son and Sergio Reguilon rated higher.
During the 90 minutes, Sanchez would make as many as nine clearances, which is comfortably more than the 4.2 he has averaged per game in the Premier League this season.
The centre-back, who earns £65k per week at Spurs, would also win 14/18 duels, resulting in an impressive 78% success rate, as he helped to completely nullify the Burnley attackers at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Whilst passing is often considered one of Sanchez’s weakest attributes, he was solid in this aspect too, as he completed 63/75 of his passes during the 90 minutes, resulting in an 84% pass accuracy.
There were two notable occasions in the first half where the Burnley attackers tried to outpace Sanchez, but the young centre-back used his speed well and he never looked like losing the race and this is emphasised by the fact that no Burnley player was able to dribble past him during the 90 minutes.
This is reflected in the Burnley striker’s ratings for the game, with Matej Vydra and Jay Rodriguez earning 6.2 and 6.8 match ratings respectively, as they struggled to get anything out of Sanchez in what was an imperious display from the Colombian.
Therefore, whilst some Spurs fans may have written the 24-year-old off after some questionable displays earlier in the season, he was able to prove his doubters wrong with an extremely solid display on Sunday.