BBC pundit claims Spurs have £25m star who's been 'unrecognisable' of late
Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that Davinson Sanchez has been unrecognisable since the Tottenham Hotspur defender’s ‘awful’ performance against Mura, as he named the centre-back in his Team of the Week.
Sanchez proved to be Spurs’ hero on Saturday. It was his header in stoppage-time at Watford that gave Antonio Conte his first away win since taking charge of the club.
The Colombian has had an incredibly eventful season. He started superbly as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side began the campaign with three clean sheets on the spin.
However, he appeared to be one of the players Conte had questions about. He did not feature in his first game in charge. And he was one of the players brought into a much-changed side to take on Mura in the Europa Conference League.
Ultimately, that night proved to be a nightmare for Tottenham and Sanchez. They suffered a shock defeat. And the former Ajax man endured a torrid evening.
He was subsequently linked with a move to Napoli, with a fee of £25 million being mooted. However, since then, the 25-year-old has gone some way to silence his critics.
He has been excellent of late. And following his performance at Vicarage Road, Crooks suggested that Sanchez deserves real credit for his turnaround in the Tottenham defence.
“I saw Sanchez play against Mura in Slovenia in the Europa Conference League competition and he was truly awful. However, since that game he has been unrecognisable in a Tottenham shirt,” he told BBC Sport.
“Antonio Conte has made a defender out of Sanchez and so too Eric Dier. Both men have been impressive since Conte’s arrival and the reason Spurs have steadily climbed up the table.”
Davinson Sanchez heading into defining period in Tottenham spell
Sanchez has certainly proved a lot of people wrong. However, it will mean little if he cannot sustain this run of form over the next few weeks. Tottenham have a massive run of games coming up.
In their next four, they will contest both legs of their Carabao Cup semi-final with Chelsea. Their next Premier League game meanwhile, sees them host Arsenal in the North London derby.
Another clash with Chelsea then comes after that.
That will provide a fantastic opportunity for some of those previously-written-off players to prove just how significant the ‘Conte effect’ really has been so far.
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