‘Can’t get rid of the whole team’ – McLeish claims Spurs could keep defender

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Dom Le Roy

Alex McLeish has claimed that despite Davinson Sanchez’s struggles this season, Tottenham could decide against selling the defender this summer.

A major reshuffle is expected at the back for Tottenham this summer, with reports indicating that the club are prioritising bolstering their options at the heart of the defence.

Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has stated that Spurs would ideally like to sign two new central defenders but explained that they would first need to sell.

Sanchez has been backed to leave the club this summer, with some sources suggesting that the North Londoners have decided to cash in on the Colombian irrespective of who they appoint as their next manager.

While McLeish acknowledged that Sanchez has not shown enough to suggest he belongs at a top club, he admitted that he would not be surprised if the 24-year-old stays at Spurs beyond the summer.

The Scotsman claimed that the former Ajax man could be one of Tottenham’s centre-halves who survives their summer rebuild.

The former Birmingham City boss told Football Insider: “It looks like a rebuild there.

“The backline against Leeds, they were really poor and the spaces were enormous for Leeds to run into. You’re looking at players who play international football.

“They have a lot of knowledge, but they didn’t seem joined up in that game at all.

“I don’t think Sanchez has merited saying he’s going to take Spurs to the top. It’s up to the people at Spurs. If they’ve seen enough in his armour he’s a mainstay, it’s a no-brainer, they’ve got to keep him.”

“I know I’ve said different but if they think so, you’ve got to trust the analysts, the coaches who’ve worked with him. If they say he’s going to be terrific, he’s going to be a mainstay for the next five, six years, then keep him.

“I think like a lot of the Spurs defenders, in this half of the season, some of them are hitting the twilight of their career. They’ve got to keep one or two, they can’t get rid of the whole team.”

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