In what seems to be a significant reshuffling of their squad, Tottenham Hotspur is bidding farewell to two of its underperforming stars, Davinson Sanchez and Tanguy Ndombele. The duo is set to join Galatasaray, marking the end of their somewhat tumultuous stints in North London. This article delves into the reasons behind their departures, their respective struggles at Tottenham, and their new chapters in Turkey.
Davinson Sanchez, the 27-year-old Colombian defender, arrived at Tottenham in 2017 with high expectations and a price tag that could potentially rise to £42 million. However, his journey in North London didn’t quite live up to the billing. Struggling to consistently convince in a Spurs shirt, Sanchez is now on the brink of departing the club on a permanent deal.
Throughout the summer, Sanchez garnered interest from several clubs, including Spartak Moscow and Nottingham Forest, making it evident that his services were no longer required by Tottenham. Ange Postecoglou, the manager, had evidently not included him in his plans for the upcoming season, further highlighting Sanchez’s dwindling prospects within the squad.
The Colombian international’s tenure at Tottenham was marred by several low points, with one of the most notable being his missed penalty during a Carabao Cup shootout defeat to Fulham. This unfortunate incident served as a painful reminder of his struggles during his time at the club. To add insult to injury, Sanchez faced the embarrassment of being booed by his own fans last season during a match against Bournemouth, where he was subbed off after just 23 minutes, following a string of mistakes that contributed to the team’s 3-2 defeat.
Sanchez’s inability to consistently perform at the level expected of a player with his price tag became evident over the six seasons he spent in North London. He managed to make more than 30 Premier League appearances in a single season only during his debut campaign, failing to maintain that level of consistency in subsequent seasons.
While Davinson Sanchez is set to leave on a permanent deal, Tanguy Ndombele is embarking on a different journey. Ndombele, who became Spurs’ record signing in 2019 after a £55 million move from Lyon, is joining Galatasaray on loan. This marks the continuation of his recent trend of temporary stints, having spent time on loan at both Lyon and Napoli over the past two seasons.
Similar to Sanchez, Ndombele found himself on the fringes of Postecoglou’s plans for the current season, with the midfielder failing to make any matchday squad appearances. This lack of involvement signaled a clear disconnect between the player and the club, leading to the decision to send him out on loan.