Sport Why Sanchez strengthens Spurs

10:05  14 september  2017
10:05  14 september  2017 Source:   Sky Sports

Davinson Sanchez should have stayed at Ajax, says CEO Van der Sar

  Davinson Sanchez should have stayed at Ajax, says CEO Van der Sar Tottenham's club-record signing Davinson Sanchez should have stayed at Ajax, according to the club's chief executive Edwin van der Sar.Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar believes Davinson Sanchez should have stayed with the Eredivisie club rather than becoming Tottenham's most expensive ever player.

Spurs ’ club-record signing from Ajax, Davinson Sanchez strengthens their central defensive options, as does 19-year-old Juan Foyth who is clearly highly-regarded by Pochettino having effectively been included at Janssen’s expense.

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Davinson Sanchez is already impressing for Tottenham. Adam Bate was at Wembley to watch the defender's Champions League debut and believes he can make Spurs stronger in the biggest games.

As Heung-Min Son took the adulation following his opening goal in Tottenham's 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on Wednesday night, it was noticeable that Toby Alderweireld was quick to congratulate Davinson Sanchez instead. Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen soon rushed to join him.

Van der Sar: Davinson Sanchez should have stayed at Ajax

  Van der Sar: Davinson Sanchez should have stayed at Ajax Tottenham's club-record signing should have remained at the Eredivisie side, according to the club's chief executiveAjax chief executive Edwin van der Sar believes Davinson Sanchez should have stayed with the Eredivisie club rather than becoming Tottenham's most expensive ever player.

Spanish portal Don Balon quotes the player however, who was asked in a recent interview why he snubbed a move to La Liga for the Premier League Barca’s loss looks to be Spurs ’ gain however, and now boss Mauricio Pochettino has one of world’s most promising defenders at his disposal.

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It was the young Colombian defender whose good work had initiated the counter-attack, cleverly intercepting an attempted through-ball inside his own area and then clearing the ball upfield for Spurs to break. Not a bad way for Sanchez to mark the occasion of his first ever appearance in the Champions League.

The need for a £42m centre-back was not immediately obvious given Dier's flexibility and the long-term success of the partnership between Alderweireld and Vertonghen. However, in back-to-back wins over Everton and Dortmund, Sanchez has shown more than enough to suggest that he can bring something different to this Spurs side.

Different was the theme of the night as Mauricio Pochettino's men surrendered the ball against Dortmund but still won the match. Spurs elected to soak up the pressure and play on the counter-attack. It worked. "It is an important win when you do not dominate the opponent but you show different strengths," said Pochettino afterwards.

Vertonghen relishing Sanchez battle

  Vertonghen relishing Sanchez battle Jan Vertonghen says he is relishing the expected competition from new Tottenham signing Davinson Sanchez. Sanchez became the third current Spurs player to join from Ajax in a £38.4m deal last month and will vie with Vertonghen, ex-Ajax star Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier and Juan Foyth for a place in Mauricio Pochettino's back-three.Sanchez has been away on international duty with Colombia and Vertonghen is looking forward to seeing him train, believing him to have the physicality to cope in the Premier League."I know people who know him and they are all very positive.

Arsenal legend says Tottenham should be strengthening in other areas. He said: "Signing Davinson Sanchez from Ajax is a start, but only a start. "He’s a defender and Spurs have the best defence anyway.

Tottenham Hotspur's latest addition Davinson Sanchez has revealed why he turned down Barcelona in favour of making the move to North London this summer. Spurs fans will certainly be glad of the fact he chose to join their club ahead of the behemoth that is Barcelona, and will look forward to his youth

Spurs have been so impressive in recent seasons that it seems churlish to point to weaknesses but the fact that they had only the fifth best away record in the Premier League last season compared to the best in the country on home turf has come to the fore in light of their Wembley travails. Pochettino has to find a way to grind out more wins.

Against a strong Dortmund side, Sanchez's performance suggested he can help with that. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is an intelligent striker with the pace to trouble even the best defenders, but he matched him stride for stride in an engaging duel. Tottenham were confident enough to leave Sanchez one-on-one with the Dortmund man at times.

The 21-year-old earned the roars of the Wembley crowd when making two good challenges in quick succession in the first half and left Aubameyang in a heap soon after the break as he continued to embrace the contest. Sanchez also finished the game having made six clearances - more than any other player on the pitch.

'Sanchez has been distracted'

  'Sanchez has been distracted' Gary Neville has questioned Alexis Sanchez's focus at Arsenal this season following transfer speculation during the summer.Gary Neville has questioned Alexis Sanchez's focus at Arsenal this season following transfer speculation during the summer, saying the striker has looked "distracted".

Not only a source of strength at the back, Jake reckons he will be a blockbuster signing to get Spurs supporters excited. “The first time you see Davinson Sanchez cover his full-back, fly across and win a sliding tackle, that is when fans will get off their seat,” he said.

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That statistic is all the more remarkable given that no Tottenham starter had fewer touches of the ball. But that is how Pochettino planned it, the presence of Sanchez in the centre freeing up the team's ball-playing defenders instead. Alderweireld played the most passes of any Spurs player and Vertonghen made only two fewer.

Indeed, the latter even felt liberated enough to embark on adventurous runs down either flank with his side leading after the break. In contrast, Sanchez knew his role, the profuse apologies that followed his one failed attempt to carry the ball out from defence confirmed that much. From that point onwards, he was content to stay put.

Whether Pochettino deems it necessary to have a stopper centre-back positioned between the two Belgians at home to Swansea on Saturday remains to be seen. It may be that Sanchez makes way should Tottenham choose a more adventurous line-up in the hope of breaking down their opponents in a game they will surely expect to dominate.

But in the biggest games, when Spurs may look to contain instead of control, they now have a player in Davinson Sanchez with all the attributes to face that challenge with confidence. A player with those "different strengths" in the words of Pochettino. It could prove a crucial addition if Tottenham are take that next step this season.

Wenger insists Sanchez is 'well-loved and happy' at Arsenal .
Arsene Wenger has no doubt about Alexis Sanchez's relationship with his team-mates in the wake of his failed move to Manchester City.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists Alexis Sanchez is happy at the club and loved by his team-mates despite his protracted transfer saga involving Manchester City.

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