Spurs to sign Davinson Sanchez, is he worth the £
DATE: 22.08.2016 - SOCCERVOICE - NEWS - SEASON 2016-17
are closing in on their first signing of the summer after confirming
an agreement in principle for highly-rated Ajax defender Davinson
Sanchez. Can the young Colombian finally help Spurs clinch a Premier
It has been a tumultuous summer for Mauricio
Pochettino, not least with regards to defenders. After losing Kyle
Walker to Manchester City and Kieran Trippier to injury, speculation
over Danny Rose’s future has hit the London club hard.
But, with their first ‘home’ game at Wembley fast approaching, the
Argentine manager finally has reason to smile.
Sanchez, who only
joined Ajax from Atletico Nacional last year, has quickly
established himself as one of the hottest defensive properties in
Dutch sports site
Onlinewedden.com have labelled his ascent to global fame as
nothing short of incredible, citing the youngster’s performances
along the Eredivisie club’s route to the Europa League final as a a
particularly pleasing factor.
The young defender can be seen as somewhat of a
coup for the Premier League side, not least because he was heavily
linked with Barcelona towards the back end of last season.
Given his fantastic passing abilities and willingness to get
involved in the play, many saw him as the perfect addition at the
Camp Nou. Chelsea, Real Madrid, and a host of other top clubs had
all shown an interest too.
For Spurs, it signals a massive accomplishment as they look to
finally cement their place at the very top table football’s
hierarchy. While composure on the ball was a key ingredient as the
youngster scooped Ajax’s Player of the Year award, there’s far more
to the Colombian’s game.
Even at such an early stage of his career, Sanchez boasts a powerful
frame, which will be well suited to the physical demands of English
football. Meanwhile, the fact that he has forced the exit through,
as per Independent.co.uk, shows that he has the ambition and belief
that is synonymous with Spurs during the Pochettino reign.
Given that Spurs have only broken the £25m
barrier on four occasions, a club record £42m signals a major
investment. However, it’s still less than they fetched for Walker
earlier this summer while Daniel Levy will accept that money needs
to be spent if Spurs are to establish themselves as regular Premier
Moreover, while the first choice pairing are brilliant, there is no
doubt that the squad is lacking depth in this area of the field.
With Champions League football on the agenda once more, adding
genuine quality is essential.
Pochettino’s track record of giving youngsters a chance to perform
at senior level ensures that Sanchez has made the right choice in
picking London as his next destination, especially as he’ll be able
to continue his education under the wings of Jan Vertonghen and Toby
Perhaps more importantly, though, with the 21-year-old seemingly
ready to jump straight in at the deep end, Sanchez could join Harry
Kane and Dele Alli as one of the lynchpins for a potentially
glittering era. For that reason alone, even at £42m, it could be a
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