Davinson Sánchez arrived at Tottenham in 2017 for a then-club record £42 million, so how has he fared since arriving his big-money move from Ajax?
Let’s get one thing straight: the Colombian is worth the £42 million Spurs shelled out for him over two years ago.
However, he is definitely not the finished article and is a work in progress. Let’s first discuss both Sanchez’s upside and downside.
The upside of Davinson Sánchez
Sánchez is a quintessential athlete. Blessed with breakneck pace, Olympian-caliber athleticism and disproportionate strength, the Colombian is an absolute beast on the pitch. Thanks to his pace, Sánchez is never truly out of the play. Like a cheetah off the starting block, Sánchez can get back with blistering efficiency. He also has a knack for making timely, last-ditched tackles.
Yet making innumerable last-ditched tackles isn’t always a good thing, actually identifying one of the Colombian’s current weaknesses. But we’ll go into that in due course.
Sánchez is still only 23 years old. I think some of us forget how impressionable he still is. With two Champions League campaigns with Tottenham – one of which includes qualifying for the final against Liverpool – under his belt, Sánchez has an inordinate amount of experience for his age.
With the right coaching, mentorship and guidance, the Colombian has the potential to be one of the world’s best centre backs. He is, however, far from the finished article.