Tottenham fans might have been left frustrated with how late Mauricio Pochettino has left the club’s transfer business in the last two windows but it is fair to say it was worth the wait.
The Lilywhites brought five new faces through the door at Wembley in the summer, and bolstered the squad with Lucas Moura from PSG in a deadline day deal back in January.
Of the new arrivals, only Serge Aurier and Davinson Sanchez have been regulars in the first team, with the likes of Fernando Llorente, Juan Foyth and Paulo Gazzaniga all having to settle for fringe roles.
While Aurier’s performances have mirrored the trajectory of a rollercoaster, with peaks and troughs, Sanchez, the 21-year-old centre back bought for a record fee from Ajax, has established himself as a star performer with consummate ease.
His decision making might have been questioned at times at the heart of the defence but his pace, strength and dedication are all first class, and is well on his way to paying back the reported £40million price tag after just 34 appearances across all competitions.
However, a study from the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) has revealed that their algorithms show Sanchez has over doubled his transfer worth in just six months, with the big money claim further proving Daniel Levy’s decision to splash the cash was worth every penny.
Natural centre backs are hard to find these days, but Spurs have got their hands on an already proven talent who is only going to go from strength to strength.
Some, even most, might argue that it was Liverpool’s capture of Mohamed Salah that was the best Premier League signing this season, but considering what Sanchez has to offer not only now, but in the future, there is a real case to consider him for the honour.
Plus, while the Egyptian does top the list for most improved value, he has not doubled his worth, so that should tip the scales in the Colombian’s favour