‘Just not good enough’ – Robinson urges Spurs to upgrade on 24-year-old

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Dom Le Roy

Paul Robinson believes that Davinson Sanchez is simply not good enough for Spurs and has urged the club to upgrade on the Colombian this summer.

Sanchez has arguably endured the most challenging season of his career since arriving at Tottenham in 2017 for a then club-record fee of £42m.

The Colombian found himself struggling for game time for large parts of the campaign and has looked short of confidence when opportunities came his way.

The 24-year-old was handed his first start under Ryan Mason in Tottenham’s final league game of the season against Leicester and he once again failed to cover himself in glory, giving away a penalty with a clumsy challenge on Jamie Vardy.

That could well be Sanchez’s final game in a Spurs shirt, with reports indicating that the North Londoners have decided to cash in on the defender irrespective of who they appoint as their next manager.

Robinson has said that his former club have no choice but to sell Sanchez and insisted that they need to strengthen significantly at centre-back this summer.

The former England number one told Football Insider: “Sanchez and Eric Dier are not at the level required.

“Sanchez is just not good enough. He concedes far too many chances and makes far too many mistakes. We saw that once again with the way he played against Leicester.

“We have seen Spurs’ defensive frailties all season and things have got to change.

“Spurs need two new centre-halves this summer. It is blatantly obvious. It is there for all to see.”

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Sanchez looks certain to leave this summer but the question is which other senior centre-back will also be moved on if we are to bring in two central defenders to the club. While some fans will want Dier to be sold, I believe Alderweireld is more likely to depart owing to his age and contract situation.

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  1. Dier sanchez and Toby should all go for one reason or another. Very risky a full scale change in defence but buying the correct players for once would help instead of cheap plastic lookalike ones.

  2. Regardless of what you think of Davinson he certainly did not commit a clumsy foul on Jamie Vardy in the game you mention. Every slow motion revealed a minor locking of arms perhaps initiated by Vardy who then fell. Nobody except the VAR official and the ref thought it was a penalty. Similarly, Davinson was unfairly punished in the Arsenal game for the winning goal when Lacazzete’s air kick made contact with the Spurs man who was positioned to block the ball yet a comedy penalty was awarded! I feel Davinson’s criticism is undeserved although at times he looks panicky.


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