Davinson Sanchez joined Tottenham Hotspur in the last Summer Window (2017) from Ajax Rotterdam and became the most expensive signing of the North London club. Will he be the player that the Spurs faithful wanted Moussa Sissoko to be ?
Of course, the only comparison between those two players is only their price tag and the fans’ hopes for a bright future with the club. Tottenham have a long successful transfers history with the Dutch club( ex. Vertonghen, Eriksen, Alderweireld ) thus giving good reason to believe that their latest recruit would be the new defense boss, just like the club’s legend Ledley King!
Nevertheless, Sanchez signing in August for a fee up to £42M was treated without any fanfare but only because at last Spurs bought a player! Several weeks later, the supporters and the pundits alike start thinking that the players fee looked a real bargain.
The 21-year-old Colombian centre-half became almost immediately a first-teamer showing very quickly his running style combined with great physicality and most of all his fantastic composure.His game reading is effective and he’s able to react and chose the appropriate solution. Even so, he’s not a complete player…yet. He arrived late in the transfer market and didn’t have any pre-season training with his new club, but one may expect better things after a first season in EPL.
At first, this Spurs defender, well he wasn’t one ! In his heart club America de Cali, he was playing at the centre of the pitch, but after his parents’ move to another town, he’d signed to Atlético National. He was seventeen at that time and in his new club there wasn’t any opening for a centre-back, so the club’s coach Juan-Carlos Osorio( currently Mexico’s boss) asked the team’s captain Alexis Henriquez to help the youngster become like his idols, Sergio Ramos and Franco Baresi…Three years later, Sanchez was a first-teamer and helped his club finish second at the Table and most of all win the famous Copa Libertadores v Independiente dell Valle. During that campaign Atlético National, stayed undefeated and conceded six goals in fourteen games.
After that , many European clubs tried to sign him, but the young Colombian knew very well what he wanted; refused Barcelona’s offer for a place in the club’s Team B and signed for Ajax instead. After only a handful of games the 20-year player became one of the squad’s best players.
Playing for Ajax Amsterdam gave him the possibility to show his talent not only in Holland but also in Europe, reaching Europa League Final (lost v Man.U). Nicknamed “The Tank” from the club’s faithful, he won the “Player of the Year 2016-17” trophy.
The record- breaking transfer to Tottenham did not put any pressure on the player’s shoulders; after his signing to Ajax (£5M) he declared that Ajax wasn’t his final destination and that he was able to accomplish many things in the future. Signing to a well-known club with a spanish speaking manager and playing along side with two former Ajax players (Vertonghen and Alderweired) while keeping his favorite position, “The Tank” will surely show his skills many times to come.