Player Focus: Spurs’ Davinson Sanchez
Davinson Sanchez is a 6ft 2in central defender who plays for Tottenham Hotspur after signing from Ajax in August 2017.
Career at America de Cali & Atletico Nacional (2013 – 2016)
He began his career in his native Colombia for America de Cali where he eventually signed terms with Atletico Nacional in 2013.
He made his debut for the club against Boyaca Chico in October of that year. This was his only appearance for the club in the 2013 season. Nacional successfully won the league and cup titles.
He made 7 appearances the following season (2014) where Atletico Nacional were successful once again, qualifying for the Copa Libertadores (South American version of the Champions League).
Davinson Sanchez became a regular starter for the club in the 2015 season, making 30 appearances in all competitions, with Sanchez and Nacional going on to win the league title once again.
The central defender left the club after helping to beat Ecuadorian team Independiente de Valle over two legs in July 2016 to win their second Copa Libertadores title, with their first coming 27 years earlier in 1989.
Transfer to Ajax (2016 – 2017)
In his one and only season with the Dutch Giants, Davinson Sanchez made 46 appearances in all competitions, with 32 of these coming in the Eredivisie (Dutch Top Flight).
He scored six goals as well as providing 2 assists for his teammates on the way to a 2nd place finish in the league, finishing a solitary point behind arch rivals Feyenoord Rotterdam.
Sanchez was part of the Ajax team that made it to the 2017 Europa League final, where he lost 2-0 to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.
After winning the prestigious Rinus Michels’ Player of the Year Award, he left the club for Tottenham Hotspur, then managed by Mauricio Pochettino.
Career at Tottenham Hotspur (2017 – PRESENT)
Davinson Sanchez signed for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur in August 2017 for a reported fee in the region of £42m.
The Colombian defender made his Tottenham debut in August 2017 in a 1-1 draw against Burnley in the Premier League as a late substitute. He made 43 appearances in all competitions for the Lilywhites that season, with his 31 league appearances ending in a 3rd place finish with 77 points.
The 2018/19 season saw Sanchez make 37 appearances in a season that saw Spurs finish 4th, whilst getting to the Champions League Final where they lost to Liverpool.
During the following campaign (2019/20), he made 29 appearances in a league season where the Lilywhites finished in 6th place. Tottenham then finished 7th in the following season (2020/21) with Sanchez making 18 league appearances.
Last season (2021/22), Spurs had a more successful season finishing ahead of arch rivals Arsenal in 4th in the Premier League. Sanchez made 23 appearances in the league, scoring 2 goals.
So far this season (2022/23), he has made 10 league appearances with Antonio Conte’s team currently finding themselves in 4th place on 29 points.
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