Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Garth Crooks has claimed that Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld should donate half of their wage to team-mate Davinson Sanchez.
Mauricio Pochettino decided to play with a back three for last Sunday’s 2-1 win at Fulham, with Sanchez involved in a physical 90 minute battle with Fulham frontman Aleksandar Mitrovic at Craven Cottage.
Such was the physicality of the encounter between the pair, at one stage, Mitrovic was seen performing an almost wrestling like move on the Colombian to bring him to the ground.
Sanchez was bizarrely booked for the incident by referee Craig Pawson and managed to keep his cool during the battles between the pair.
Tottenham went behind in the first half courtesy of a Fernando Llorente own goal but looked like a different side in the second half and got themselves back into the game courtesy of a Dele Alli header.
Deep into injury time, Harry Winks popped up with the winning goal but Crooks reserved his praise for Sanchez.
He told the BBC: “Claudio Ranieri’s expression at the end of his Fulham side’s encounter with Spurs said it all. With a face like thunder he stormed off the pitch. The hosts deserved a point. Harry Winks might have got the winner but it was left to Davinson Sanchez to deal with the threat of Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic and he did it brilliantly.
“It was like a heavyweight contest but with poor old Sanchez having to punch well above his weight. Meanwhile Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld left the field without a scratch. Both of them should give Sanchez half of their wages. Protection money!.”
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