Former Colombian international Andres Orozco has said that Davinson Sanchez has been treated unfairly by the national press back in his home country.
Sanchez has not had a campaign to remember so far as he has struggled for game time at Spurs. The 25-year-old has been overlooked by new boss Antonio Conte in his first two games in charge and seemingly has work to do to get back into the starting eleven.
It has not been plain sailing for Sanchez on the international front either, with the centre-back coming under scathing criticism from the Colombian press for his performances in the World Cup qualifiers back in September.
Sanchez has subsequently been left out of the starting lineup by the manager Reinaldo Rueda in Colombia’s last three qualifiers (according to Sport Witness).
However, with Everton’s Yerry Mina out injured, Rueda might have little choice but to count on the Tottenham man for Colombia’s upcoming clashes against Brazil and Paraguay.
Orozco, who now serves as the assistant manager of Colombian side Envigado FC, insisted that Sanchez was more than capable of delivering a good performance.
He told Gol Caracol: “We’ve been a bit unfair with Davinson Sanchez, who in his stay with the national team has done more good things than bad. We’re in a culture in which we go more into error, but he’s given Colombia a guarantee.”
In addition, the Colombian edition of Marca also voiced a similar sentiment, featuring a story with a headline saying ‘Davinson, Colombia needs you’.
The article reads: “About Sanchez there are many criticisms for his last performances, in which he has had errors that brushed against the blooper.
“In addition, he’s not had a good time with Spurs and barely has 367 minutes in the season.
“Despite the recent image that he has left, Dao arrived at the Colombian national team with a letter of security and to be the renewal along with Yerry Mina.
“He has shown this in the qualifying matches against Russia and in the World Cup itself.”
Spurs Web Opinion
It cannot have been easy for Sanchez to perform at his best for Colombia when he has hardly got any game time at club level this season.
I cannot see the 25-year-old forcing himself into the Spurs side anytime soon as he is too error-prone and not good enough in possession to play in a Conte back three.
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