Rarely can a club have broken their transfer record with such little fanfare. When Davinson Sánchez arrived at Tottenham in August for a fee of up to £42m, most headlines simply noted that at last we had bought someone, anyone, after a summer of inactivity. Three months later, The Guardian adds, however, and that fee now seems hugely significant because it is starting to look like a bargain.
The article adds that the 21-year-old Colombian centre‑half has taken to the upper echelons of club football with an ease as graceful as his running style. It was his Sánchez on Sánchez tackle that led to the free-kick which opened the scoring in last Saturday’s north London derby, however the piece says it was not a foul, holding off the Chilean, Davinson reached his long leg around his opponent to scoop the ball away. He was Tottenham’s most composed defender on an unexpectedly torrid afternoon and carried that performance into midweekwhere he won his duel with Dortmund’s feted striker Pierre‑Emerick Aubameyang.
It tells us how he combines imperious physicality with impeccable pace, but one of his more striking qualities is his composure. For someone so young, though the defender’s single previous season in European football was a marquee one at Ajax, he never seems ruffled, and his great ability to read a defensive situation effectively and choose the appropriate means to deal with it.
His role model, one he acquired after involved YouTube study, is Italian Legend Franco Baresi. You can understand why.
Yes, he makes mistakes; Aubameyang ghosted behind him to turn Andriy Yarmolenko’s glorious backheel past Hugo Lloris for the opening goal on Tuesday but if Sánchez continues the progress he has made in each year of his career so far, Pochettino is confident his name will feature in many more headlines yet. “He has the opportunity to be one of the best centre-halves in the world.”
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