Tottenham Hotspur have officially announced that they have signed Davinson Sanchez from Ajax, making him their first summer signing
According to Tottenham Hotspur’s official website, Spurs have broken their transfer record to secure a deal for Ajax centre-back Davinson Sanchez. The North London club are believed to have spent approximately £36.6 million for the Colombian – an amount that will overshadow the £30 million spent on Moussa Sissoko and Erik Lamela.
Davinson Sanchez was a part of Atletico Nacional and made his first-team debut for the club back in 2013 at the nascent age of 17. The player went on to enjoy three stellar campaigns with the Colombian club before he was signed by Ajax only last summer.
The switch to Ajax has seen Sanchez develop his game further. The 21-year-old became an integral member of the squad last season, and was an indispensable part of the side. This is proven by the fact that he appeared in all but two games last season. In fact, the youngster also scored six goals and provided two assists.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been criticized for a good chunk of this summer due to his inability to make quality additions to the first team. However, signing the Ajax Player of the Year, does seem to be a step in the right direction.
Procuring defensive reinforcements will be a priority for Tottenham this summer, with the Tottenham boss often banking on a back-three. The usage of the system often has him using Dier as a defender, leaving a player short in midfield.
So while right-back is a priority position as well following the departure of Kyle Walker to Manchester City, the Colombian is a big addition too. And, the fact that he is only 21, can mean that he will be a long-term solution for Spurs.
Although he was linked with moves to clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid, joining Tottenham can work in favour of the youngster’s development. He was also being heavily linked with Spurs’ London rivals Chelsea, with Antonio Conte desperate to address problems in defence.
Tottenham, though, can give him plenty of chances to clock regular minutes on field when compared to his other suitors, while also providing him Champions League football.
Sanchez’s versatility also makes him a potential candidate to play as a right-back, thus solving problems pertaining to squad depth in defence and midfield to a great extent. It now remains to be seen if Sanchez can take his career to the next level with the move to North London.