Darren Bent has suggested Davinson Sanchez has “no chance” of starting for Tottenham against Arsenal on Sunday even if Toby Alderweireld misses out.
The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has insisted the 24-year-old will have been frustrated to miss out against Chelsea, only to be chosen to play in Thursday’s Europa League tie with LASK.
The Colombia international played the full 90 minutes against the Austrian side in what was his 11th start across all competitions this season.
However, he has not made a Premier League appearances since mid-October and watched fellow centre-back Joe Rodon make his first Spurs start in place of the injured Alderweireld against Chelsea.
In Sanchez’s last league match his statistics were poor and he not only scored an own goal but lost nearly 50 per cent of his 19 duels (Wyscout).
Bent has admitted Mourinho’s decision to pick the Wales international against the Blues will have been a kick in the teeth for Sanchez and that he has “no chance” of playing against Arsenal after a disappointing display in midweek.
Bent told Football Insider: “As we’ve seen recently, it’s been Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld so I don’t know if Davinson Sanchez, potentially, got the hump with it because last weekend it was Eric Dier and Rodon.
“Listen, I’ve been there and that would have annoyed Davinson Sanchez that, he’s probably looking at the big game, London Derby against Chelsea, Rodon’s just got back from injury and is straight into the team, and he’s like: ‘Hold on, why do I have to go away on the Thursday and play in some Europa League game against LASK? I want to play in the big games.’
“I understand it, I’ve been there, you want to play in the big games, you get left out of it and you’ve got to play in a cup competition with the rest of the guys who aren’t getting many minutes away at LASK.
“When you get opportunities like that, like he did against LASK, if he’d have stepped up and played well who knows, Mourinho might have gone: ‘You know what, I might just play him again in the north London derby,’ but after that performance on Thursday night, he’s got no chance.
“Obviously, it’s kind of justified Mourinho’s kind of audition by going: ‘No, I went for the right decision in Rodon and Eric Dier,’ so he’s not helped himself.”