Tottenham Hotspur line up sensational South American signing

By Mark Peters IN Europa League,General,Premier League,Transfers - 19:45 Aug 10th 2017

Tottenham have proven in the last couple of campaigns just how strong their starting XI can be, claiming consecutive top-three Premier League finishes, though the squad clearly lacks the depth of some of their title rivals.

Having had their fingers burnt by spending big money on the likes of Paulinho and Roberto Soldado in the past, the North London outfit now seem intent on focusing on quality, rather than quantity when it comes to making signings.

That policy has so far failed to yield fruit this summer, though reports in The Sun suggest that a move for highly-rated Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez could well be in the offing.

DAVINSON SANCHEZ

Valued at around £35m by his Dutch employers, the 21-year-old enjoyed a stellar first season in European football, helping his side to unexpectedly reach the Europa League Final.

Featuring in 12 of his club’s 15 games in the competition, the Colombian international was a defensive rock for his young team, playing a key role in the keeping of five clean sheets:


Sanchez
versus
Sanchez
DEFPOSITIONDEF
21Y 1MAGE21Y 1M
6FT 2INHEIGHT6FT 2IN
13ST 0LBWEIGHT13ST 0LB
 
NEV | AJA | | AJA | EL
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
34
STARTS
12
3060
MINS
PLAYED
1080
6
GOALS
SCORED
GOALS
HEAD/FOOT
2
ASSISTS
15
CLEAN
SHEETS
5
23
GOALS
AGAINST
13
133
MINS PER
GOALS A
83
6
TOTAL
1

The centre-back was no less effective in the Eredivisie, however, involving himself in 15 shutouts, as well as proving his worth at the other end by weighing in with six goals and two assists.

Strong and quick, the 21-year-old also possesses the sort of quality on the ball that would make him an ideal fit for the way in which Mauricio Pochettino likes his teams to play:


Sanchez
versusEric
Dier
DEFPOSITIONMID
21Y 1MAGE23Y 6M
6FT 2INHEIGHT6FT 2IN
13ST 0LBWEIGHT13ST 0LB
 
NEV | AJA | | TOT | PL
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
34
STARTS
34
3060
MINS
PLAYED
3044
6
GOALS
SCORED
2
GOALS
HEAD/FOOT
F
2
2
ASSISTS
15
CLEAN
SHEETS
17
23
GOALS
AGAINST
24
133
MINS PER
GOALS A
127
5
TOTAL
2

Interestingly, Sanchez served up similar top-flight numbers to Eric Dier in 2016/17 and bringing him to the club would free up the England international to spend more time in a midfield role.

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