Davinson Sanchez destroyed Jesse Lingard for pace in Europa League final

  • Kobe Tong

You’ve got to feel for Tottenham supporters this summer.

Despite an impressive second place finish last season, the club have waited until after mid-August to bolster upon their successful squad. Only now have they shed their status as the only Premier League side yet to spend.

Thankfully for fans, though, the end of the wait is far from underwhelming.

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Spurs have shelled out a club record fee of £42 million for Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez. The Colombian’s arrival is subject to a medical and work permit but a six-year contract is waiting for him.

It proves a very promising signing from Mauricio Pochettino. The 21-year-old is one of the most exciting younger defenders in Europe and excelled across his single season in Amsterdam.

He racked up 43 appearances in a furiously competitive squad and even scored on six occasions.

Nevertheless, he is a Tottenham player now and Sanchez has expressed his enthusiasm for a Premier League switch. He stated: “I am very excited to be signing for such a famous club as Tottenham Hotspur.”

Sanchez could hit the ground running too with his physical attributes boding well given the nature of English football.

Besides, the 21-year-old has locked horns with Premier League clubs before, most recently against Manchester United in the Europa League final. It was an impressive performance from the Colombian in spite of defeat.

He was able to deal with the pace of United’s attack throughout the game as well as showing his aerial dominance. Sanchez was able to beat Marouane Fellaini to headers on three occasions during the final.

However, it was his incredible speed up against the likes of Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford that was most impressive.

Take a look at Sanchez’s personal highlights from the final below; skip to 1:28 for his Usain Bolt impersonation:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=syzQbTO0gPE

The likes of Jamie Vardy and Mohamed Salah better watch out on that evidence, Sanchez has pace to burn. He was able to reel in Lingard before outmuscling him to allow the ‘keeper to collect the ball.

And alongside the experienced shoulders of Toby Alderweireld, Tottenham’s defence will be looking more than healthy this season.

If Sanchez is able to recreate his Europa League final performance on a regular basis then Pochettino will be laughing. Spurs may have left it late, but this signing certainly seems worth the wait.

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