Tottenham could kick off a defensive “rebuild” by selling Davinson Sanchez this summer, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 24-year-old had not impressed during his time in north London.

As revealed by Football Insider on Monday, a Tottenham source has said the recruitment team led by Steve Hitchen are planning to sell Sanchez this summer, regardless of the new manager.

It is understood Spurs are looking to replace the Colombia international with a commanding centre-back who possesses “genuine pace”.

Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Joe Rodon are Spurs’ are Spurs’ other senior centre-back options.

However, McLeish suggested there needed to be an overhaul after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Leeds United.

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“It looks like a rebuild there,” McLeish told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

“The backline against Leeds, they were really poor and the spaces were enormous for Leeds to run into. You’re looking at players who play international football. They have a lot of knowledge, but they didn’t seem joined up in that game at all.

“I don’t think Sanchez has merited saying he’s going to take Spurs to the top. It’s up to the people at Spurs. If they’ve seen enough in his armour he’s a mainstay, it’s a no-brainer, they’ve got to keep him.

“I know I’ve said different but if they think so, you’ve got to trust the analysts, the coaches who’ve worked with him. If they say he’s going to be terrific, he’s going to be a mainstay for the next five, six years, then keep him.

“I think like a lot of the Spurs defenders, in this half of the season, some of them are hitting the twilight of their career. They’ve got to keep one or two, they can’t get rid of the whole team.”

Alderweireld and Dier have been interim boss Ryan Mason’s preferred choice at the heart of the defence.

Meanwhile, Sanchez has not played a minute of league action since Mason took charge.

In other news, Tottenham are considering making a move for Premier League boss – but not Brendan Rodgers.