Transfer battle: Issa Diop vs Dávinson Sánchez

West Ham and Tottenham may have slightly different aspirations for the coming season. 

Likewise, they had very different transfer windows this year. While West Ham spent big, Tottenham spent nothing. The Hammers brought in players all over the field, with one of them being defender Issa Diop.

While Spurs were much more frugal, they had some great signings that they made from the season before, one being Dávinson Sánchez.

Both players are very similar, so let’s compare these two transfers…

Issa Diop

West Ham signed France under-21 centre-back Diop from Ligue 1 outfit Toulouse this summer, in what was a bumper transfer window for The Hammers.

The 21-year-old has a lot of potential, which makes the £22m price tag for him relatively modest. Although The Irons made a poor start to the Premier League, they have picked up their form in recent weeks. However, throughout, Diop has looked impressive for the club. He has featured in six of the eight opening league games, and looks to be a mainstay in The Hammers’ defence.

Not only is Diop looking like being a great player already for West Ham, he clearly has a long future ahead of him at the London Stadium. The problem may well be as to how the club keep hold of him more than anything.

TT Grade: A

Dávinson Sánchez

Tottenham signed Ajax and Colombia defender Dávinson Sánchez last season. It was the club’s record signing, and at 21-year-old was tipped to become a huge star for The Lilywhites for years to come.

After one season, he proved to be vital for Spurs, particularly in the absence of Toby Alderweireld for large spells throughout the campaign. He made 41 appearances in all competitions, and proved to be a rock at the back for manager Mauricio Pochettino.

He has weaknesses, particularly with the ball at his feet, but he will only improve. But that doesn’t stop this being a hugely successful signing for Spurs. When a team is chasing titles and silverware, prices become irrelevant. Even so, compared to Tottenham’s rivals, £42m is not even a lot of money in this day and age, and Sánchez is proving to be good value.

TT Grade: A+

  TT Verdict:

This is a hugely difficult transfer battle to call, as both promise to be hugely successful.

They were both the exact same age when bought, which obviously means that they would roughly have the same longevity at each club, provided they decide to stay.

In terms of potential, perhaps Sánchez has a slightly brighter future. Not only had he won the Ajax Player of the Year, but he was seen as an up-and-coming defender in Europe when signing for Spurs. Sánchez was also an international for Colombia, while Diop is only a France international at age group level, but that may be more of a reflection on their national sides rather than ability.

A key factor in this is that Sánchez was just short of being twice the price of Diop. Maybe that was expected seeing as Spurs had greater aspirations, and their target was more sought after in Europe. Nonetheless, that is a key factor in deciding this transfer battle.

However, the fact that Sánchez has already proven that he was well worth every penny of the £42m is why he just shades this battle.

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