Davinson Sanchez has established himself as one of the best young defenders in the Premier League since moving to Spurs from Ajax in the summer of 2017 for a then club record fee of £42million (Football.London)
The 23-year-old has proven that he is physically capable of handling himself against any striker and his ability to recover and extinguish an attacking threat has earned him rave reviews.
However, the young defender has also come in for his fair share of criticism with some questioning his technical ability on the ball.
Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho famously revealed that he targeted Sanchez in the Europa League final as he felt the Colombian wasn’t comfortable on the ball (Independent).
Sanchez is far from fazed by the Portuguese comments. When asked about it, the Spurs defender told the Evening Standard, “A different opinion! I know about it and my reaction was, ‘Give me the ball to play now!’ Not to show him, just to do my job. That experience puts me in a better position to be here and see how life is.”
The central defender also admitted that there are a lot of areas of his game which he can improve on and does not spend his downtime on social media reading the opinions of the North London faithful.
When asked if Spurs fans had seen the best of him yet, Sanchez responded, “Not yet, I definitely can say that,”
“There are many things to improve. I’m not nearly a perfect player, that’s why I need to keep going.
“I’m not a guy on my phone reading about what supporters say about you. You can find many things there and you’re not going to be happy! I respect their position, but I realise that it’s not always a good day.
“I’m human. I have bad games, I have bad moments, but that’s me. I cannot stay on the floor, knocked out. I have to keep going.”
The Colombian international also discussed the disappointment of being left out of the team for the Champions League final in June but insisted that he will keep working on his game.
He added: “It’s hard to not be part of the team because you think you have the capacity to help. In the end, I played more than 60 per cent of the games in the tournament, I felt part of the team so I can’t complain.
“If the choice is not my name, I have to agree with the manager. I have to find a way to keep going, I’m not going to stop.
“I feel like I’m not the same player as when I arrived. I’ve learned so much about the country, the League, the everything.”
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While Sanchez received a lot of plaudits during his first season at the club, he has come in for criticism for some of his showings since then. However, it is important that we remember that he is still only 23 and I believe when he gets more experience under his belt, he could become one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
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