Tottenham Hotspur advanced into the Carabao Cup final earlier this week, defeating Championship outfit Brentford 2-0 thanks to goals from Moussa Sissoko and Heung-min Son.
It gives the north London outfit a chance at landing their first piece of silverware since 2008; in doing so would also hand Jose Mourinho his fifth triumph in the competition.
Once again we saw Davinson Sanchez feature – he is fast-becoming their ‘cup centre-back’ in order to give 31-year-old Toby Alderweireld a rest, though had Joe Rodon been eligible, he would have likely played instead.
The Colombian, who cost Mauricio Pochettino a then club-record £42m in 2017, has rapidly fallen out of favour under the ‘Special One.’
He has been snubbed from the matchday squad in the Premier League in nine of their last 11 outings, starting just once too, via Transfermarkt.
The 24-year-old has been linked with an exit as a result of his lack of game time, and clearly, Mourinho just doesn’t trust him whatsoever.
His old Manchester United side were instructed to target the former Ajax defender during the Europa League final.
According to The Athletic’s Charlie Eccleshare, Sanchez would be open to a move away if the right opportunity comes about, though it could all depend on whether or not Spurs are able to find a replacement in a tricky January window.
On Tuesday night against the Bees, he looked a little suspect again in glimpses and that’s to lower league opposition. Alasdair Gold at football.london wrote in his post-match ratings, he said:
“Started the game well but was all over the place for a Brentford attack early in the second half. Could easily have given away a penalty and was indebted to Aurier for bailing him out.”
Enough has to be enough.
AND in other news, Spurs could find their own Virgil Van Dijk in “astonishing” £36m leader…