Since joining from Dutch giants Ajax back in August 2017 in a club-record deal, Davinson Sanchez has struggled to hit the heights expected of him at Spurs.
At the time of his arrival, Jermaine Jenas waxed lyrical about what the centre-back could bring to the table, saying: “Sanchez is a top player. His performance in the Europa League final, when he came up against Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, was pretty special. Spurs have got someone they can mould and turn into what they want.”
Those expectations have proven far too lofty for Sanchez to match however.
The Colombian has come under intense criticism for his regular mistakes, with former Premier League ace Kenny Cunningham once describing him as a “real liability”, while his former manager at international level, Jorge Luis Pinto, claimed that Sanchez “does not have the talent” to succeed.
And, it was only in the summer of 2020 when Football.London’s Alasdair Gold revealed that the defender found himself in a difficult spot.
He said: “The Colombian is in a strange situation at Spurs. He was the club record signing and had a manager in Mauricio Pochettino who believed he could be one of the best centre-backs in the world. Now he has a manager in Mourinho who admitted his Manchester United team targeted Sanchez in the Europa League final as the weak link in the Ajax defence due to his technical ability or lack of.”
Despite Mourinho’s subsequent departure, and the arrivals of both Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte, things haven’t gotten better for Sanchez and he has continued to struggle for consistent game-time at the club – his performances have left a lot to be desired too.
This season in the Premier League has seen him make 18 appearances in the Premier League, but finding himself in and out of the side – after being dropped from the side following Spurs’ 2-0 defeat to Wolves, he has since played just 39 minutes of top-flight football.
Considering the princely sum they shelled out to sign Sanchez, Daniel Levy no doubt would have hoped, if not expected, for the Colombian to be the kind of game-changing defensive signing that could be a part of this Spurs back-line for the years to come.
Instead, things have fallen completely flat for him at Spurs.