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Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez must start against NS Mura

Tottenham Hotspur take a break from domestic action as they look to get back on track in the Europa Conference League with a trip to Slovenia to face NS Mura.

The north London outfit currently occupy second place in Group G, three points behind Stade Rennes, so they have work to do to qualify into the knockout stages but they do now face a side yet to win in the competition.

Antonio Conte’s very first game in charge of Spurs was three weeks ago when his side defeated Vitesse 3-2 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and since then, they are yet to lose under his stewardship.

He will be left with plenty of decisions to make after implementing rigorous training and fitness regime in amongst an international break and settling in at Hotspur Way.

Should Sanchez start vs Mura tonight?

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We saw a glimpse of Davinson Sanchez on Sunday as he put in a reassuring and commanding cameo from the bench in the 2-1 win over Leeds United and he is surely in line to start against the PrvaLiga champions.

‘Replaced [Japhet] Tanganga with just over 20 minutes to go and he won some big headers and made some crunching tackles. Won everything that came his way,’ wrote football.london’s Alasdair Gold in his post-match ratings.

Indeed, the young academy gem struggled to combat Marcelo Bielsa’s side, with the Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick describing him as a ‘little clumsy’ and that he ‘did not look comfortable.’

As such, Sanchez deserves the nod over in Slovenia – in just 20 minutes of action, he won 100% of his four aerial duels, made three interceptions and two tackles, per SofaScore.

The £18m-rated Colombian international, who once cost a club-record £42m in 2017, has often been lambasted as a “liability” to the side but in moments like Sunday, he has shown his true potential.

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Ex-manager Mauricio Pochettino has previously described him as a “beast“, so he should have no trouble in playing against a side of NS Mura’s quality, with all due respect, they are a team that Spurs should whitewash with very little trouble at the other end of the pitch.

But Sanchez has started only four times in the Premier League and will be in need of minutes, he could well become the ideal replacement for the seriously injured Cristian Romero.

If he plays like he did in the short time he did at the weekend, then he could terrify Mura’s frontline.

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