‘Set the trap’ – Pundit claims opposition teams should target Spurs star

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Tim Sherwood has admitted that he is not convinced by Davinson Sanchez and suggested that opposition teams should target the Colombian in future games.

Sanchez found himself struggling for minutes in the first few months of the campaign, with Jose Mourinho seemingly having settled on Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier as his first-choice pairing.

The former Ajax man fought his way back into the team and has been a regular in the backline over recent weeks. It seemed as though the 24-year-old had turned a corner and rediscovered his confidence last month.

However, Sanchez once again demonstrated his frailties at St James’ Park on Sunday he struggled to cope with Joelinton.

It was the centre-back’s scuffed clearance that led to the Magpies opener and he never seemed to recover from his first-half mistake.

He looked shaky all game and his frailties in possession were evident throughout the ninety minutes as he kept giving the ball away.

Sherwood insisted that he would let Sanchez off the ball if he was the opposition manager and look to capitalise on his mistakes.

The former Spurs interim boss told Premier League Productions (as relayed by HITC): “Defensively, I am not convinced about them.

“I would let, if I am the (opposition manager), I would let them come out on Sanchez’s side.

“Set the trap and we go and get the ball off him. He makes rick after rick every time he plays.”

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Even if Sanchez cuts out the defensive mistakes from his game, I believe that he is simply not good enough on the ball to play for a top side. It often becomes next to impossible to build from the back with Sanchez in the team. Dier, for all his faults, would certainly make us better at keeping possession and getting the ball to the likes of Ndombele and Lo Celso.

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