Tottenham announce Davinson Sanchez deal – but where will he play?
Tottenham Hotspur fans were delighted at the news that the club had agreed a deal to sign Davinson Sanchez, with the Ajax defender set to become Spurs’ first summer signing if he passes a medical and a work permit can be sorted out.
The Colombia international will not come cheap however, with The Guardian stating that an initial fee of £28 million could rise to a club-record £42 million with potential add-ons.
Sanchez impressed for an Ajax side that reached the Europa League final last season and his physical presence, pace and no-nonsense approach will be welcome assets for Tottenham.
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The North London club had the most-miserly rearguard in English football’s top flight last season, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men only conceding 26 goals in 38 matches.
As such, it beggars the question, where exactly will Sanchez fit in?
Tottenham’s central defensive pairing of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen is undoubted one of the Premier League’s best, with the Belgian duo the bedrock upon which Pochettino’s impressive side is based.
With Sanchez unlikely to break this partnership up, his signing suggests the permanent move to three at the back – a formation that Spurs have fielded and thrived under in the last 12 months.
The South American would mostly likely assume the right-side centre-half role in this system, usually occupied by Eric Dier, but the Ajax man has struggled while playing in a 3-5-2 set-up in the past for Atletico Nacional.
Another train of thought that Pochettino may be considering is using the mobile and effervescent Sanchez as an option at right-back.
Tottenham have been expected to bolster this position over the summer after Kyle Walker’s move to Manchester City, with Kyle Walker-Peters and Kieran Trippier given the chance to play this season.
Sanchez has the engine, ability on the ball and pace to operate in a full-back or wing-back role and with some guidance from Pochettino this could be an assured move.
The last option will be a major concern for Tottenham and one that the fans will not want to even consider.
With talks between Alderweireld and the club over a new contract seemingly not making any progress, the Spurs supporters will hope that Sanchez has not been signed as a potential replacement for the talismanic Belgian.
The former Southampton loanee’s move to Tottenham has coincided with the team’s marked improvement on the pitch, which is not a coincidence.
Sanchez looks like a player that can thrive in North London if given time to adapt to his new surroundings and overall the increased strength in depth in the Spurs squad can only be a good thing.