The Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern have been impressed by the rapid rise of Davinson Sanchez this season. The Columbian has been fantastic during his debut season in the Premier League, and Mauricio Pochettino has clearly had a positive impact on him.
Indeed, he’s looking like the perfect man to take Tottenham’s defence into the next era, and so recent news from the official Spurs Twitter page has left fans feeling very happy indeed. They’ve confirmed that he’s signed a new long-term contract with the club.
This is huge news for Tottenham. Sanchez has arguably been the star of the show in defence for Tottenham, providing brilliant pace, technique and passing in a team that has lacked a genuinely fantastic footballer at the back for quite a few years.
Perhaps more significantly, though, news of an extension for Sanchez should give Daniel Levy the onus to finally greenlight the departure of Toby Alderweireld, who is rated at £36 million by Transfer Markt.
After all, Sanchez is the perfect successor to the Belgian. At 21-years-old, he’s far younger, and so in terms of long-term prospects, his are clearly much better. He’s also technically a better footballer, providing brilliant quality with the ball at his feet, which is something that Alderweireld can’t quite compete with.
The deal also reaffirms the notion that in Sanchez, Spurs have a defender for the next few years at the very least, and so that reduces the need for a player like Alderweireld. Sanchez has been given the faith of the Tottenham brass, and they’ve relied on him ahead of the Belgian for much of the season.
Significantly, it also reduces the concern that Spurs may have to deal with another defensive departure. Jan Vertonghen is a Tottenham man, and so a departure there would be a huge shock, yet Sanchez’s impressive first season will likely have drawn eyes to his potential availability. Tottenham, though, clearly have no intention of letting him go – as this new deal highlights.
Tottenham are clearly more prepared to invest in the future in a player like Sanchez than they are in Alderweireld, and so it’s time for the Belgian to move on. Levy can rest easy knowing that his replacement is already in the team, especially if Spurs utilise a four-man defence, and so they can sell him this summer and still get a return on their investment.
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