Davinson Sanchez started Tottenham Hotspur’s defeat against the Premier League leaders over the weekend.
Ian Wright has urged Tottenham to ‘develop’ Davinson Sanchez over someone like Jan Vertonghen because he think that he will no longer be at the club next season.
Centre-back Vertonghen is one of three senior Spurs players who is out of contract in the summer, and Wright thinks it’s best that someone like Sanchez is prioritised ahead of them.
BBC Sport pundit, Wright also claimed that had Spurs won the Champions League final in June, then more players would have asked to leave the club because of how far their manager Mauricio Pochettino has pushed them over these years.
Spurs have been in turmoil since the start of the season, with their off-field issues causing major problems for Pochettino and his plans to show consistently strong performances on the field of play.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live (28/10/19 at 7:50 pm), Wright was asked about whether Pochettino, at this moment in time, is better off picking players who will still be here rather those who will seemingly be off next summer like Vertonghen.
“To be honest, for me, you have got to develop Davinson Sanchez [because the likes of Vertonghen will not be here next season],” Wright told BBC Radio 5 Live. “What is happening at Spurs is what we have known was going to happen for many years.
“Incremental rise in the contract when they are continually giving them a little bit more money but it’s still nowhere near where they are going. You have seen players sign three or four-year contracts. They and their agents have cottoned on to that. Tottenham during these past five years have gone to another level.
“They are a top-four side. The only thing that is missing is the trophy. Players are saying, ‘I like being here, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen here, we didn’t win the Champions League’. The way he has pushed them, the way they have gone, the Champions League final, if they won it, I think we would have seen even more saying ‘I’m going to move on from here now’.”
Centre-back Sanchez, who moved to Spurs during the summer of 2017 for £42 million from Dutch giants Ajax [BBC Sport], started the defeat to the Premier League leaders over the weekend.
Vertonghen was left on the bench by his manager, with the highly-rated youngster playing alongside another soon-to-be out-of-contract player in Toby Alderweireld.
Pochettino has made a lot of changes to his starting XI this season, and it isn’t a surprise that he is undecided given the lack of commitment by some players.