Tottenham Hotspur returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion on Saturday afternoon, with Antonio Conte’s side running out 6-2 victors over a poor Leicester City side at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
However, things could hardly have gotten off to a worse start for Spurs, as Davinson Sanchez clumsily lunged in on James Justin with just four minutes on the clock, resulting in Simon Hooper pointing to the spot – with Youri Tielemans converting at the second time of asking to give the visitors an early lead.
As it turned out, this early setback appeared to kick Spurs into life, with Harry Kane levelling the score with a close-range finish just four minutes later, before Eric Dier’s 21st-minute glancing header saw Tottenham take the lead for the first time in the match.
James Maddison’s smart finish from Timothy Castagne’s cross then restored parity with just five minutes remaining of the first half, before Rodrigo Bentancur once again put the Lilywhites ahead with a cool finish from outside the Foxes box in the 47th minute.
From this point on, there would be no way back for Leicester, with Son Heung-min’s second-half introduction well and truly putting the game to bed, as the South Korea international – who had failed to find the back of the net this season prior to the Foxes clash – bagged an extremely impressive hat-trick to seal all three points for Conte and his side.
However, while the manner of the comeback will undoubtedly have pleased the Italian manager, the performance of Sanchez will certainly be a huge cause for concern for the 52-year-old – as the Colombian well and truly failed Conte’s test on Saturday afternoon.
Indeed, after being handed a surprise start ahead of Cristian Romero on the right of Tottenham’s three-man backline, the 26-year-old will have done very little to convince his manager that he should be a regular fixture in the Spurs XI, with his aforementioned challenge on Justin seeing the defender dubbed a “calamity” by Adam Brooks.
The £25.2m-rated centre-back also offered little in more general defensive metrics, making just two clearances and one tackle over the course of his 59 minutes on the pitch, in addition to enjoying just 43 touches of the ball – eight fewer than Hugo Lloris – and committing a further foul after his concession of the early penalty.
These returns not only saw the £65k-per-week defender earn an extremely disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.4 – the lowest received by any Tottenham player to feature in the match – but could have also seen the 26-year-old blow his last big chance to impress Conte, who must surely now be convinced that Sanchez is not of the standard required for Spurs.