Michael Brown has claimed that some of the criticism that Davinson Sanchez has received this season has been unwarranted and suggested that the centre-back needs a run of games in the side to prove himself to Jose Mourinho.
Sanchez, who moved to North London from Ajax in 2017 for a then club-record fee in the region of £42million (Guardian) has fallen down the pecking order this season and his opportunities have been few and far between during the current campaign.
The Colombian was handed a rare Premier League start against Fulham last week and did not particularly cover himself in glory during the Cottagers’ equaliser.
The 24-year-old was dragged out-wide and skinned by Ademola Lookman whose cross was headed home by Ivan Cavaleiro.
Joe Rodon came into the side to replace Sanchez for the clash against Sheffield United on Sunday and put in a solid defensive display, prompting some Spurs on social media to call for the Welshman to start every game.
Reports have indicated that Mourinho wants to bolster his central defensive options this month but Brown believes Sanchez deserves more time.
The pundit told Football Insider: “It was some header from Cavaleiro to direct it like that from a deep cross. It was only one chance that he gave away.
“I just think they are an improving Spurs side, they are tighter at the back. So it’s a work in progress.
“I think Sanchez deserves time to show he can do.
“Do they need a new centre-back this month? Only if one goes.”
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It is clear that Mourinho is not convinced either by Alderweireld or Sanchez as the Belgian has lost a significant amount of pace over the last couple of years while the Colombian seems to regularly suffer from lapses in concentration. Whether or not we sign another central defender this window, I suspect there will be an overhaul at the back in the summer.
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