A chorus of boos was heard raining down on Davinson Sanchez after his costly mistake that led to Bournemouth’s second goal on Saturday, sparking heated debate across the Tottenham fanbase.
Let’s not mince our words. Sanchez has endured a woeful season.
Unfortunately, his current rot precedes the current campaign, with the Colombian often being dragged out of position and committing countless inexcusable errors.
And that’s from the limited playing time he’s seen, as Sanchez has an almost permanent place reserved on Spurs’ bench.
For all his misgivings and inadequacies, the looming question is whether he deserved to be thrown under the bus and persecuted by many ardent Tottenham supporters.
Cristian Stellini had seen and heard enough, withdrawing the out-of-sorts Colombian after being introduced just 20 minutes earlier. Stellini was probably trying to protect his defender from the torment that was still to come.
Several supporter outlets immediately condemned the actions of those who participated in booing Sanchez. Some, however, believe the boos were warranted, even overdue.
According to Sportrac.com, Sanchez earns about £65,000 weekly, giving supporters the right to voice their displeasure.
To an extent, they’re right. Supporters pay one of the highest ticket prices in the Premier League to see their team perform.
Booing often becomes a byproduct of a team or individual in disarray, especially when money and passion are involved. However, the impact of booing one of our own can have profound long-term implications.
Sanchez may bounce back stronger and more committed.
Alternatively, he may be forced out of the club, just like Tanguay Ndombele was early last year in Tottenham’s unconvincing 3-1 FA Cup third-round win against League One struggler Morecambe.
That listless performance elicited a cacophony of boos and sealed Ndombele’s fate. It was the last time the Frenchman played for Spurs.
While by no means the same, the incidents felt eerily similar. However, Ndombele lacked effort and vigour in a Tottenham shirt, traits that supporters couldn’t forgive.
Sanchez isn’t cursed by the same lazy traits.
He always commits and puts in a full-blooded performance, but his lack of quality, absence of confidence, and erratic play have let him down on too many occasions, which is why Saturday’s display felt eerily similar to Ndombele’s painful death-row walk to the sidelines.
Whether Sanchez turns things around at Tottenham is still unknown, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see his tenure in north London end similarly to Ndombele’s.
Which is the result the supporters who booed intended.
Boos can have serious consequences, so keep that in mind when you decide to partake in vociferously disparaging one of your own.