Darren Bent has suggested that Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho is not convinced by the talents of first-team defender Davinson Sanchez.
The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says he does not think the Portuguese boss has faith in the Colombian centre back to perform in his side.
Sanchez had been a mainstay among the starting XI under Mourinho but was benched against both Norwich City and Southampton, Juan Foyth and Jan Vertonghen filling in instead.
Despite seeing his old side slip to a 1-0 defeat against the Saints, Bent says he does not see Sanchez stepping back in as he is not convinced Mourinho trusts him to deliver.
“I’m not even quite sure Mourinho fancies him,” Bent told Football Insider.
“I’m not quite sure he looks at him and goes: ‘You’re my type of defender.’ I think this month is a big month for Spurs because a lot of teams need certain bits and bobs. For Mourinho, when he came in, (the impact) was instantaneous, the turnaround.
“We’re starting to see now the same problems as when (Mauricio) Pochettino was in charge.”
Sanchez has played 21 times across all competitions for Spurs this season, with all but five of those outings coming in the Premier League.
He had started every single one of Mourinho’s first seven league games in charge of the Lilywhites as well as the 4-2 win over Olympiakos in the Champions League.
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