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Davinson Sanchez struggles must lead Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to his chequebook

Tottenham Hotspur’s young defender had a poor World Cup debut.

Mathew Nash

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Colombia’s World Cup did not get off to the best of starts yesterday afternoon, as they suffered a shock defeat to Japan in Russia. The South American side, with star man James Rodriguez not fully fit on the bench, struggled against the Samurai Blue – who claimed a 2-1 triumph.

Colombia’s job did not get any easier after three minutes when former Aston Villa midfielder Carlos Sanchez saw red for a deliberate handball.

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But whilst a lot of the blame will be attributed his way, his Tottenham Hotspur namesake was certainly not blameless. Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez had a game to forget. His dawdling allowed the initial chance that led to Japan’s opener and the red card.

Throughout the game, the Spurs youngster looked ropey and prone to error. It was not the sort of display expected after an excellent campaign with Spurs.

Tottenham fans took to Twitter to defend their young defender after the game. However, even they must now admit that Spurs cannot yet rely on Sanchez.

He struggled in the Champions League games against Juventus last season and, despite excellent performances throughout the campaign, his naivety did cost him on occasion.

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With Spurs likely to lose Toby Alderweireld in the summer Sanchez is set for even more responsibility at the back. Undoubtedly he is an immense talent. In time, he will likely become one of the best central defenders in world football.

But it’s easy to forget he is just 22-years-old.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy must ensure a replacement comes in for Alderweireld this summer. That or the Belgian stays. Either way, the Tottenham chairman must get the chequebook out.

Relying on Sanchez too early could be a costly error for Tottenham in their pursuit of silverware under Mauricio Pochettino.

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  1. Jon

    June 20, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Why would we care how a player that gave us everything he had for a season performs for.his country he has had a great debut season and i for one am more than happy with his performances

  2. druid

    June 20, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Spot of nonsense here Mathew.
    Given that you can write off a player after one performance at the world cup, I suggest you might want to apply as a scout for Everton. Win- Win – Win You’ll be paid better. Everton clearly is desperately in need of scouting assistance – and Sports journalism will record a slight improvement in overall quality.

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Vincent Janssen’s mysterious Tottenham absence seems to suggest summer exit likely

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Pre-season sprung into action for Tottenham on Wednesday as the Lilywhites played their first fixture of the preparatory campaign behind closed doors, resulting in a 6-0 thrashing of League One side Southend United, without Vincent Janssen.

Erik Lamela scored a hat-trick with Fernando Llorente Lucas Moura and youngster Tashan Oakley-Boothe also on the scoresheet, but one man was mysteriously absent from the fixture – Vincent Janssen.

Whilst Victor Wanyama, Serge Aurier, Ben Davies, Moussa Sissoko, Michel Vorm, Paulo Gazzaniga and Juan Foyth were all involved, Janssen was not to be seen despite having returned from a season long loan at Fenerbahce.

“I will soon report back to Tottenham and we will see what happens. I want to play, that’s important. Last season I was injured at Fenerbahçe for a long time. We are going to find the best solution. I just want to play football now, whether it’s at Tottenham, Fenerbahçe or somewhere else. I have my ideas about that, hopefully there will be more clarity soon.”

Janssen discussed his future with NOS earlier this summer.

The Dutch international scored only five goals in 18 games for the Turkish side on loan but did miss much of the season with a fracture to his ankle which was a major blow to his hopes to prove a point to Mauricio Pochettino.

Having struggled to adapt to life in London and the Premier League and without having done enough to justify a role in pre-season, his future looks more in doubt than ever.

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Turkish outlet Fotomac claim that Fenerbahce are interested in taking him back for the 2018/19 campaign, but his future could be dependent on other deals. Given that Fernando Llorente started against Southend with Janssen nowhere to be seen, it could be the starkest indication yet of who will play the role of back-up to Harry Kane next season.

Estadio Deportivo have also reported on interest from Sevilla in the 23-year-old, so with no clear role for Janssen to play at White Hart Lane and plenty of suitors, it seems that an exit is inevitable.

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As Tottenham close in on Jack Grealish, Daniel Levy’s hard bargaining should be applauded

The Villa youngster could be set for a late move to Spurs.

Max Cohen

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According to the Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on signing Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish ahead of their summer tour of the United States.

The signing has been left late in the window, much to the annoyance of Spurs fans, but Daniel Levy’s hard bargaining should be applauded as Tottenham seem set to buy Grealish for far less than Villa originally asked for.

The Mirror claimed that the Championship club initially were holding out for £40 million, but now they are willing to sell for around half of that amount.

If Spurs were to pinch the creative mastermind from Villa Park for around £20 million that would represent superb business, considering the inflated transfer market for young British talents.

Although the Levy’s style is immensely frustrating at times, there can be no arguing that a bargain of this magnitude is well worth waiting for.

If Tottenham had done their business too early on in the window, they could have been left paying far too much for the former English U-21 international.

But as the summer months progressed, news of Aston Villa’s financial woes increased. Given the new information, Spurs were put in a much stronger position as they knew Villa would be desperate to sell in order to offload Grealish’s high wages and rein in a transfer fee.

The north Londoners look primed to welcome one of the Championship’s finest midfield technicians to White Hart Lane, and at only 22 years of age, Grealish has time on his side to develop into a world class player.

Daniel Levy’s tough negotiating style is not ideal for most circumstances and rightfully draws the ire of the Tottenham faithful. Yet his bargaining nous has come in handy during the Jack Grealish saga, granting Spurs a much-improved deal.

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Japhet Tanganga showing why he might be Tottenham Hotspur’s next Ledley King

The teenager is one of the top prospects at Tottenham Hotspur.

Mathew Nash

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England’s under-19s are in action this summer, hoping to emulate the recent form of the nation at all age groups. They started well yesterday, with a 3-2 triumph over Turkey in their opening fixture.

For Tottenham Hotspur fans one of the goalscorers caught the eye. Japhet Tanganga nestled the ball in from close range in the 22nd minute, which happened to be England’s opening goal and equaliser in the game.

Of course, Tottenham fans are more concerned with him keeping the ball out of the net than in it.

The 19-year-old is considered one of the top talents to emerge from the Tottenham academy in some time, especially at the back. Following in the footsteps of Sol Campbell and Ledley King, Tottenham fans are hopeful Tanganga can be a first-team regular in the future.

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He played 24 times for the Tottenham under-23s last season, occasionally captaining the side, and cementing his place as a top Tottenham talent.

For some, the time might have come for Tanganga to be used in the Spurs first-team. With the future of Toby Alderweireld unclear and Spurs lagging in the transfer market, they may turn to their youngsters.

Not many Spurs fans would say there is a great deal of difference between Tanganga and his more experienced rival Cameron Carter-Vickers in terms of ability.

With the latter likely to head out on loan again this season, perhaps Tanganga will make a Spurs breakthrough next season.

If not, then he should bide his time, as he could be a genuine star.

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