Speaking recently on the Last Word On Spurs podcast, Jamie Brown discussed the recent performance of Spurs centre-back, Davinson Sanchez, in the club’s loss to West Ham United.
So far this season, Sanchez has found his game time somewhat limited under Jose Mourinho, with the £36 million-rated 24-year-old staring just 10 Premier League fixtures, with one further appearance coming from the bench.
Over these 11 fixtures, the £65k per week defender has been in rather disappointing form, making an average of 2.3 tackles, 0.5 interceptions, 3.7 clearances and winning 2.3 aerial duels per game, culminating in an average WhoScored match rating of 6.47 – ranking him as the club’s 10th-worst performer in the Premier League.
In the club’s most recent fixture, a 2-1 loss to West Ham, Sanchez turned in yet another below-par display, losing possession of the ball 16 times and 10 of his 19 duels, as well as earning a SofaScore match rating of 6.6 – ranking him as Tottenham’s joint-third worst performer on the day.
And, the centre-back was one topic of conversation on a recent episode of the Last Word On Spurs podcast, in which Jamie Brown took aim at Sanchez for his performance against the Hammers.
He said: “I’m watching the goal back and it’s the same mistake, the defensive shape is all over the place. I mean, Davinson Sanchez gets completely caught out and then his challenge, it’s a pathetic challenge.
“The difference between us and them [on Sunday was] you see [Tomas] Soucek with blood dripping down his face and he’s still trying to block the ball and then there’s Davinson Sanchez who’s putting in a pathetic challenge like that. That’s the difference in attitudes and it is worrying.”
Is Sanchez's time up at Spurs?
TIF Thoughts on Jamie Brown’s comments regarding Davinson Sanchez…
Indeed, with Spurs spending a whopping £37.8 million to bring Sanchez to north London from Ajax back in the summer of 2017, it is not difficult to imagine that Tottenham would have been expecting much more from the performances of the centre-back three and a half years into his Tottenham career.
And, having already spent large spells of the season being left out of Mourinho’s Premier League matchday squads, after his performance against the Hammers, in our opinion, it would not be surprising to see Sanchez sidelined by the 58-year-old once again in the coming weeks.