Paul Merson may not have seen Davinson Sanchez play but anyone who watched on in awe as Ajax blitzed their way to the Europa League final last season will tell you that the Colombian is a hugely talented young centre-back.
He may have spent just one year at the Amsterdam ArenA after moving from Atletico Nacional in the summer of 2016 but that was more than enough to justify Tottenham Hotspur investing a club-record £42 million in the 21-year-old, as reported by The Guardian.
Already, Sanchez looks to be the complete defender. Fast, strong and blessed with superb technical and passing ability, he is an aggressive, front-foot centre-half who barely gives his opponent’s a moment’s peace.
In an assured debut during Saturday’s 3-0 win at Everton, Sanchez partnering fellow Ajax alumni Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in a back three, the youngster more closely resembled former Spurs captain Ledley King than a new signing making his Premier League bow.
Therefore, his huge potential could give Spurs something to cling onto as speculation intensifies over the future of Alderweireld. According to The Sun, Manchester City have identified Belgian as a £60 million replacement for compatriot Vincent Kompany while Chelsea have also been linked.
Selling one of your key players, who who has helped Tottenham keep the best defensive record in the last two seasons, to a direct Premier League rival would not look good. Especially as Alderweireld appears to be at odds with chairman Daniel Levy over his contentious wage structure, the defender’s agent stating that his client deserves more money for his impressive performances (The Standard).
However, Sanchez’s arrival means Alderweireld’s departure - should it happen - would not be the end of the world for Tottenham. Spurs fans can criticise Levy all they want but at least he has the foresight to build for the future.