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.
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.
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.