In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Dean Windass has defended Tottenham’s Davinson Sanchez following the penalty incident in Sunday’s north London derby, but has urged the centre-back to eradiate his mistakes.
Midway through the second-half, the Colombian defender tangled with Alexandre Lacazette in the penalty area, and although replays showed the Frenchman missing his kick before Sanchez came in and fouled him, referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot.
Lacazette then picked himself up before sending his international colleague Hugo Lloris the wrong way to complete the turnaround for the Gunners, but Windass felt for Spurs’ South American centre-back.
It ruined what was generally another positive afternoon for £42m man Sanchez, whose been showing signs of encouragement following long spells out of the Premier League side this term – with Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld preferred by Jose Mourinho.
Sanchez has started seven league games on the bounce, but this incident at the Emirates came less than two weeks after VAR had saved him from another blunder in Tottenham’s win at Fulham earlier this month, with his miskicked clearance hitting Mario Lemina on the hand moments before Josh Maja thumped home, only for the technology to intervene.
Despite those two hairy moments, Windass believes that Sanchez has now earned Mourinho’s trust, and has backed him for a bright future.
He told Football FanCast: “He’s a young kid. I don’t think it was a penalty, I agree with Jose, he miskicks it. You have to challenge, but nowadays VAR is going to give the penalty. He’s still learning, he’s going to make mistakes, but if you want to be in the top-four you can’t afford to make mistakes, especially at centre-half.
“But he will make mistakes, I’m sure he’s got a bright future, there’s the trust of the manager because he’s been playing. But I don’t think he will blame him for the penalty.”