Tottenham continued their fine start to life in the Premier League under Nuno Santo with a 1-0 win over his former club Wolves on Sunday afternoon.
Spurs followed up their 1-0 win over Manchester City last week by picking up three points and another clean sheet, against Wolves this time out.
Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa handed Spurs the perfect opportunity to open the scoring when he raced out to bring Dele Alli down in the box. The England international got himself back to his feet to slot away the spot-kick away to give his side the lead.
Whilst Alli may well grab the headlines for winning the penalty and scoring the winning goal, one player who put in an excellent performance was centre-back Davinson Sanchez.
The £28.8m-rated beast was a brick wall at times at the back and played a crucial role in Santo’s team picking up the three points.
He has come out of the game as a bit of an unsung hero for Spurs as Alli will take the acclaim for his strike, but Sanchez’s contribution to the cause should not be underestimated.
He was Tottenham’s highest-rated outfield player on SofaScore with a rating of 7.3. Dele Alli was given a 7.0 and Eric Dier picked up a 7.1, whilst Hugo Lloris in goal also caught the eye with some stunning saves.
The Colombian international only gave possession away three times in the entire match, completing 30 of his 33 passes. This shows how he was composed with the ball at his feet and how he did not allow himself to make any major blunders in terms of giving the ball away for Wolves to hit on the counter-attack.
The towering defender put his body in the way of four shots heading towards his own goal, showing not only his defensive instincts to be in the right place at the right time but also his commitment and bravery to put his body on the line for the team.
With Christian Romero arriving earlier this month from Serie A side Atalanta, the pressure is now on Sanchez and Dier to deliver strong performances or else, they risk losing their place in the team. It seems fair to say that Sanchez’s starting berth should not in question at this moment in time after this exceptional performance against Wolves.
The question is now whether or not he is able to maintain this form. It is up to the ex-Ajax man to remain consistent and ensure that Santo has no choice but to select him in each Premier League game.