Pochettino impressed with Sanchez’s first season at Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted to football.london that even he has been surprised at how well Davinson Sánchez has adapted to life in the Premier League.

The 21-year-old Colombian has settled in without any qualms at the club and his performances on the pitch have been so good alongside Jan Vertonghen that Toby Alderweireld can’t get back into the Spurs side.

Sánchez was once again in superb form against Chelsea in Sunday’s 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge and Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne revealed on social media that he had voted for the defender to win the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

“I think Davinson is doing fantastic from day one that he arrived here. But De Bruyne’s opinion is his opinion. But of course he’s young and he’s showing great qualities and performances to help the team achieve what we want,” Pochettino told football.london.

“Our expectation when we signed Davinson was he was a player with enormous potential who was, sure, going to help the team. But of course his adaptation to the team and the Premier League was I think much better than we expected, and we are happy because when we decided to get him the club made a big effort, and now we’re all happy to have him with us.”

We asked the Spurs boss why he felt Sanchez has adapted so quickly when many others come to the Premier League and struggle.

“I think he’s humble. That is a massive point for every single player to learn, and to adapt yourself into the new environment. Of course he’s a player that’s young but he’s always trying to improve and learn,” he said.

“It surprised us because we had a lot of information about his character but I think he surprised us much better than we expected because he’s always available to learn, to improve. He accepts criticism, corrections, and that for me is the most important thing.

“Of course the characteristics of the player is he’s fast, he’s aggressive, he plays very well with the ball, and at 21 years old I think he’s showing a great maturity.

“But he needs to keep his feet on the grass because he’s still so young and it’s easy to go backwards if you don’t manage in your head all this type of praise.”


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