Yet another day goes by without football. Questions continue to be asked regarding when we will finally see Spurs back out on the pitch. Therefore, we thought we would use our time wisely and run through our top three Young Player of the Year contenders for the 2019/20 season. As usual, a young player is defined as one aged 23 or younger at the start of the season.
3) Davinson Sanchez – 23 Years Old
There can be no doubt that Tottenham have had their defensive problems this season. However, we have opted to include Davinson Sanchez in the list due to the fact that we feel he has improved considerably from last season. We are confident that Sanchez has a great future at the club, but do hope that a long-term partnership will emerge, much like the Belgian pairing we have seen in previous seasons (TransferMarkt).
It could be argued that he is involved due to the sudden fall from grace of both Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld. However, we are still seeing a player lacking in consistency. There can be times where Sanchez looks like our best centre-back option, while on other days he looks erratic and nervous. This is why he makes the list, but no higher than third.
2) Japhet Tanganga – 20 years old
It was a breath of fresh air to see Japhet Tanganga’s debut against Liverpool. In all honesty, he hasn’t looked back since. It is clear that the defender has a bright future at the club and we hope that a new contract can be sorted soon. It is also great to see just how versatile Tanganga has been since his emergence, slotting in at right-back, left-back, and centre-back (TransferMarkt). Despite showing signs of inexperience in recent matches (in particular against Wolves) I have been delighted by Tanganga in 2020. If he had played more matches this season, he would be taking that top spot.
- Giovani Lo Celso – 23 years old
Although the Argentine is 24 in April, Giovani Lo Celso would still qualify for the award. He is the one summer signing who has had a really positive impact on the club so far. It is even more astonishing when taking into consideration that he missed out on eight matches through injury (TransferMarkt) and was ultimately a bit-part player until 2020.
Under Jose Mourinho, Lo Celso has flourished and is now a fan favourite in North London. Despite not having the goal contributions he may have hoped for, the Argentine makes up for it in flair and effort (TransferMarkt). He reminds us of a miniature Mousa Dembele combined with Luka Modric in the way that it seems impossible to get the ball off him. It was fantastic news to see Spurs sign him permanently in January and we hope the future side is built around him.
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