Analysing Davinson Sanchez’s strong start for Tottenham against Everton
Whilst it was Tottenham striker Harry Kane who grabbed the headline after reaching his milestone 100th goal at Goodison Park on Saturday, there was another player who put in an impressive display. Davinson Sanchez, the club record £42million arrival from Ajax over the summer, was awarded his Premier League debut by boss Mauricio Pochettino and he barely put a foot out of line all afternoon.
The big question mark upon his signing was always where the Argentine envisioned him fitting into the Tottenham side considering that Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have developed a neat partnership in a three-man defence, and whether Pochettino would be bold enough to break this up.
However, with Mousa Dembele side-lined through injury, this pushed Eric Dier into a defensive midfield position and enabled Sanchez to be given his first taste of English football in the centre of defence.
And he seemed to thrive upon an albeit weak Everton test, immediately stamping his mark in the Spurs defence with his notorious brute strength and pace and not giving Sandro Ramirez a sniff in the middle.
Throughout the match he simply represented a brick wall that the hosts couldn’t find a way to break down, managing more defensive actions than any other player on the Goodison Park (14) pitch on his way to making ten clearances, three timely interceptions and one block in a solid all-round game.
His physical figure is certainly one which strikers won’t enjoy coming up against, and the young Colombian showed on Saturday that he’s incredibly strong and efficient in a one-on-one situation.
Whilst it transpired into a relatively comfortable afternoon for Tottenham – with Sanchez no doubt set to face tougher tests in the future – the way he worked well with both Vertonghen and Alderweireld wouldn’t have gone unnoticed by Pochettino, showing potential for a budding relationship this season.
The frightening thing with Sanchez is that he looked like a Premier League veteran despite it being his full debut, and if this is only a sign of things to come then Tottenham may have secured quite the player.