Imminent new signing regarded by Pochetto as perfect, boss rips up tactical plan to fit him in - Telegraph
By Harry Sykes
Mauricio Pochettino will create a new tactical masterplan to incorporate imminent new signing Davinson Sanchez into his Tottenham team, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim Spurs have agreed the terms of a £42million deal with Ajax for the 21-year-old and manager Pochettino will play him as one of three centre-backs in a new-look system this season.
It is said that Tottenham are in line to pay an initial £28million plus a further £14million of add-ons for the 21-year-old Colombia international, who is on stand-by to jet in and complete a transfer.
Sanchez did not report to the Ajax team hotel for their Europa League play-off against Rosenborg on Thursday night, as Spurs put the finishing touches to the deal.
Intriguingly, the Telegraph report that manager Mauricio Pochettino is ready to tweak his system to incorporate Sanchez by including him alongside Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen as one of three centre-backs.
The major tactical shift is designed to maximise the talents of the Colombian, who Pochettino regards as “the perfect man to strengthen his back line”.
Spurs have predominantly used a 4-2-3-1 system since the Argentine has been at White Hart Lane, although he did experiment with some success with Eric Dier in a back three for a number of matches in the second half of last season.
The south American defender has been targeted after making a huge impact at Ajax following his £3.8million transfer last summer.
Perhaps Pochettino doesn’t believe in the, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ maxim. Spurs have been chugging along just fine in 2017, accumulating impressive victories in a fashion not witnessed since their glory days of the early 1960s. But their manager believes they can get better if he smooths out the rough edges by permanently introducing a three-man centre-back system. Spurs fans could be forgiven for feeling underwhelmed at signing yet another rock-solid centre-back. They already have three of those in the outstanding Toby Alderweireld, the mighty fine Jan Vertonghen and the improving Eric Dier. But Sanchez certainly represents an upgrade on Kevin Wimmer, who is in advanced talks to join West Brom, and is seemingly primed for a first-team slot. A new system could be intriguing as Pochettino aims to take his side to the next level.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are to finalise a £45million-valued signing today after terms agreed.
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