Tottenham supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their team record a second successive Premier League victory at the weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their encounter against struggling Huddersfield Town off the back of beating Brighton 2-1 in their most recent league clash, before edging past Watford on penalties in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night. And the North Londoners recorded yet another victory on Saturday as a brace from Harry Kane sealed a routine 2-0 success at the John Smith’s Stadium, in turn moving Pochettino’s side up to fourth place in the Premier League table.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Tottenham fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been heaping praise on striker Kane for his double in Yorkshire at the weekend.
The England international hasn’t looked at his absolute best so far this season, but he showed a sharp edge in the attacking third on Saturday with a fine header from Kieran Trippier’s cross for the opener, before brilliantly dispatching of a penalty 11 minutes before half time.
And while the 24-year-old produced the goods at the weekend, centre back Davinson Sanchez was arguably their unsung hero against David Wagner’s Terriers for his assured efforts in the heart of their backline.
The 22-year-old made the move to North London in the summer of 2017 and was certainly a shining light in Pochettino’s side last season – not many can keep Toby Alderweireld out of the team as long and as frequently as the Colombian did.
Yet he hasn’t always been a regular starter this term with just three Premier League starts to show for their opening six matches, but he returned to the line-up on Saturday to great effect with a commanding display at the heart of Pochettino’s back three.
The centre back touched the ball on 67 occasions over the course of the 90 minutes with only Trippier (68) touching the more ball often from a Spurs point of view, yet Sanchez attempted more passes than any other Tottenham player (51) to underline his comfort on the ball and willingness to get involved in proceedings.
Remarkably, Pochettino’s men actually finished with less possession than the hosts come the end of the clash, and while Huddersfield didn’t create loads of opportunities in front of goal, much of that was down to the defensive efforts of Colombia international Sanchez.
The 22-year-old won a team-high seven aerial duels over the course of the encounter and made three interceptions to stop the hosts in their tracks, but significantly he made a team-high ten clearances to underline his alertness to danger, but also his capability at dealing with those moments – it was a fine display.
Yes, Spurs and Sanchez will face tougher tests this season, but the 22-year-old was a rock in the heart of Pochettino’s defence on Saturday, with the £60,000-a-week defender (as per Spotrac) arguably the unsung hero in their win at the John Smith’s Stadium at the weekend.
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