Tottenham Hotspur appear to have made several of their underperforming defenders available for transfer this summer…
What’s the word?
That’s according to The Athletic’s Charlie Eccleshare, who claims that the North London outfit will have to sell players before they can buy due to the club’s finances.
Serge Aurier and Davinson Sanchez are among the names mentioned, both of whom played a regular amount of game time under Jose Mourinho last season, whilst Toby Alderweireld has expressed his desire to leave this window.
What should Nuno do with Davinson Sanchez?
It leaves new manager Nuno Santo with plenty of interesting decisions to make, especially if other clubs do come forward with offers for any of the defensive trio.
One player he should almost certainly look to offload is Sanchez, who cost Spurs a whopping £42m in 2017 under Mauricio Pochettino (a then club-record fee) and has simply failed to live up to expectations.
The 35-cap Colombia international started four of their five opening Premier League matches in 2020/21 but a particularly calamitous display that saw Spurs throw away a three-goal lead meant he lost his place in the starting XI for several months.
Sanchez made 17 starts in the top-flight and featured a total of 32 times across all competitions, as per Transfermarkt. However, his performances often drew stern critics.
His penultimate appearance in the Premier League saw another lead thrown away after Newcastle United found an equaliser late on, courtesy of an error from the 25-year-old.
As a result, Sanchez was dubbed a “real liability” by former Republic of Ireland star Kenny Cunningham to the OTB Football podcast (via This is Futbol), whilst ex-Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara described him as an “absolute disgrace” on Twitter.
Only Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (1.8) averaged more fouls per game than Sanchez (1.2) of any player to start over 15 matches in the Premier League last season, too, via WhoScored.
That merely adds to the reasons why Nuno should not want to keep him around.
Valued at €20m (£18m) by CIES Football Observatory, the young centre-back has seen his worth decrease dramatically, perhaps due to his poor performances but at that price, it does suggest that Spurs could cash in for a decent enough amount to put it towards any new additions.
If he’s not shown a positive sign in the four years he’s been here, then there’s no point in the Portuguese putting his faith in him. He’ll only let him down.
It’s time to show no mercy and cash in on the Pochettino flop.