Spurs have splashed the cash on Davinson Sánchez making the Colombian the club’s most expensive signing, but it could turn out to be a bargain
After an impressive season for Ajax Amsterdam, 21-year-old centre-back Davinson Sánchez has been sold to English heavyweights Tottenham Hotspur for a staggering fee of $47M, making him the most expensive Eredivisie player of all-time and Tottenham’s record buy.
Sánchez had caught the eye of several elite clubs in Europe due to his outstanding performances in last season’s Europa League campaign. In a scintillating run that saw Ajax reach the final – where they were defeated 2-0 by Manchester United – Sánchez was one of the side’s key players and has subsequently earned his big money move to the cash-rich Premier League.
The central defenders of the #Spurs
⚪️ Davinson Sanchez
⚪️ Toby Alderweireld
⚪️ Jan Vertonghen
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For Ajax, the deal has a positive side as well a negative one. The club bought Sánchez for $6M from Colombian side Atlético Nacional last summer, which makes Sánchez’ transfer to Tottenham one of the most profitable deals in the club’s history. On the flip side, Sánchez was Ajax’s leader at the back and now he’s gone it’s very clear that the club is lacking quality and confidence in the back four.
Ajax’s loss is Tottenham’s gain, because in Sánchez the Spurs have signed one of the most promising young defenders in world football. The Colombian joins a team already filled with quality stoppers like Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld and under the guidance of those players and current manager Mauricio Pochettino, Sánchez’ game could be lifted to the next level.
With Sánchez, Tottenham have got themselves a player with an extremely aggressive nature who, on his day, can eliminate any attacking threat from any forward. Sánchez is also a very attack-minded footballer with great ball-playing abilities who sometimes just bombs forward.
His style of play is wonderful to see when it all goes well but when he’s not on form the back-line becomes extremely vulnerable.
In the first leg of the Champions League qualifier vs. OGC Nice, for example, Sánchez mistimed a lot of headers and looked disoriented at times, resulting in several big chances for Nice. It’s a flaw to Sánchez’ game Pochettino has certainly noticed. It can be worked on, however, and when Pochettino manages to do so he will have a near-perfect defender at his disposal.
And when it comes to transforming defenders, Pochettino is as good as they come. A couple of former Ajax players Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld have become two of the Premier League’s most reliable defenders in recent years which for a big part is down to Pochettino. Alderweireld failed at Atlético Madrid and looked weak in his time in Spain, while Vertonghen, like Sánchez, was impressive going forward but wasn’t very reliable in defense.
Fast forward a few years and you won’t hear anyone questioning the quality and reliability of both. It gives me faith in Sánchez’ future and that he has made the right choice coming to Tottenham. The club might not be as illustrious of some of the other suitors, nonetheless, it is undoubtedly the right club at this time of his career. His aggressive nature perfectly suits the Premier League and in today’s market, Tottenham might have got a bargain on their hands.