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World Cup 2018: Top 5 young defenders to watch out for in Russia

Modified 04 Jun 2018, 17:25 IST
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#4 Davinson Sanchez - Colombia

The former Ajax man might play a key role in Colombia's surge at the World Cup 2018

A man-mountain of a defender, Davinson Sanchez is strong while facing his own goal as well as in bringing the ball out. In fact, Sánchez was known at Ajax for his incredible last man challenges.

The 21-year old joined Tottenham Hotspur from Ajax for a reported £40 million. He is a physical specimen who is diligent in the air and in both boxes. With a solid debut season in the Premier League, he seems to be a well-rounded modern-day defender.

Sanchez always handles high-pressure situations with impeccable calmness and diligence which is a facet of his game that he nurtured in Colombia. He charges out from the back to win early loose balls from opposition forwards which is integral to Spurs' pressing game.

His ability to be comfortable in possession while in the midfield line is apt for a former defensive midfielder as when he pushes higher up the field, he can execute effective line-breaking passes. Further, he is a player who was moulded in Marcelo Bielsa’s style of play.

With an ability to read the play like few his age, he possesses a deceptive pace that allows him to remain a step ahead of the opponents. Sanchez is also proficient at utilising his mammoth frame when required to out-muscle opposing forwards.

But despite the rawness still in his game, he looks like a real contender to become ‘the next big thing’ in the world of centre-backs.

Published 04 Jun 2018, 17:25 IST
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