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Tottenham Hotspur Defender Is On AC Milan’s Radar: Should Mourinho Sanction His Departure?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Sun has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur defender Davinson Sanchez is on AC Milan’s radar after falling behind Joe Rodon in Jose Mourinho’s pecking order. It is believed that the Italian outfit are prepared to offer the Colombian international an escape route out of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium following his lack of game time this season (via The Sun).

Sanchez’s Decent Form Despite The Lack Of Game Time

Sanchez has hardly featured for Spurs of late following the recent emergence of Joe Rodon at the English capital. The 24-year-old has only made 11 appearances for the North London giants this term, receiving less than 1000 minutes of playing time across all competitions.

Despite falling out of favour with Mourinho, the Colombian powerhouse deserves credit for producing some decent numbers on the defensive end of the field as he is averaging 2.1 tackles, 1.0 interceptions and 4.4 clearances per 90 minutes in the Premier League and the UEFA Europa League group stages. He has also been tidy with his ball-distribution as evidenced by his pass success rate of 85.5% in both those competitions (stats via whoscored).

Based on his form this season, it isn’t easy to understand why Sanchez is being frozen out of the club. If Mourinho does not fancy him, then he should consider cutting him loose if AC Milan comes in with a tempting offer for him in January or at the end of this campaign.

Tottenham Hotspur's Davinson Sanchez is on AC Milan's radar (Sanchez is seen in the picture)
Frank Lampard, Manager of Chelsea next to Jose Mourinho, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur and Davinson Sanchez of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 22, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

What Does The Colombian Defensive Ace Bring To The Table?

Standing at 1.87m, Sanchez can be a towering presence inside his penalty box and is very strong in the air as he can often outmuscle the opposition to win the ball for his side. The 28-time Colombian international has excellent defensive awareness to snuff out the danger when needed.

He is also a decent ball-playing centre-back as he is quite composed when in possession of the football. However, the Caloto-born defender is prone to making mistakes at the back which could be why the likes of Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld, Japhet Tanganga and Joe Rodon are being preferred ahead of him at North London this season.

Should Spurs Sanction Sanchez’s Exit In January?

Mourinho has refused to hand Sanchez regular playing time this season, so the player is facing a bleak future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Unless there are any injuries, it is difficult to see how the Colombian sensation will regain his manager’s confidence in the coming weeks.

Hence, it makes sense for Spurs to cash in on him in January rather than keeping him unhappy for the remainder of this campaign. Spurs have enough strength in depth to cope with Sanchez’s absence, so they shouldn’t stand in the player’s way if AC Milan decide to launch a move for him in the future.

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