Tottenham Hotspur: Davinson Sanchez tipped to start vs Royal Antwerp despite Jose Mourinho snub
Ahead of Tottenham’s final Europa League group stage encounter with Royal Antwerp this evening, Jose Mourinho has been tipped by the media to start outcast Davinson Sanchez, despite reports claiming that the manager has no trust in the Colombian – with rumours also suggesting that he could leave in January.
Sanchez, starting just four Premier League matches this campaign, has become a barely-seen figure since his performance in the 3-3 draw at home to West Ham – with Football Insider recently claiming that his time at Tottenham may be coming to an end.
Sanchez tipped for rare start
Indeed, apparently Mourinho has deemed the 24-year-old surplus-to-requirements in north London and could offload him in January to fund new additions.
The solid partnership of Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld is certainly preferred domestically, meanwhile, summer signing Joe Rodon came in as back up for the Belgian when he was ruled out against Chelsea.
Given Rodon is ineligible to feature in the Europa League due to not registering in time, Sanchez has now been tipped by the Evening Standard as a more likely starter than fellow current outcast Dele Alli.
Transfer Tavern take
Things can change very quickly under Mourinho, as highlighted by Tanguy Ndombele’s transformation this season, but Sanchez may have to work very hard in order to convince the Portuguese not to part ways.
Described as ‘extraordinary’ and a ‘revelation’ by his former manager Reinaldo Rueda, it is currently more likely that Sanchez will depart north London than ending up back in Mourinho’s plans – but the only thing he can do is perform when called upon and he could get an opportunity to shine tonight.
Mauricio Pochettino, who signed the centre-back from Ajax in 2017, was blown away by Sanchez and was ‘surprised‘ by his humble attitude – but only time will tell whether the current Spurs boss pulls a U-turn and starts to feel the same way.
In other news: Tottenham could face an Ndombele challenge, find out more here.