Danny Mills has admitted he is worried about Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez after Joe Rodon leapfrogged him in the pecking order.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former England full-back claimed the Colombian lacks the consistency that Jose Mourinho demands.
Summer signing Rodon was handed his first start for Tottenham against Chelsea last weekend and performed impressively in their 0-0 draw.
Sanchez had to settle for a place on the bench at Stamford Bridge, the first time he has been included in a Spurs matchday squad since he started their 3-3 draw against West Ham in October.
Asked by Football Insider whether the 24-year-old will be worried that Rodon has immediately leapfrogged him in the pecking order, Mills said: “Of course, he will be.
“When any player comes in, young or old, and they take your place, you never want that to happen at all. It will be a concern.
“The difference is Joe Rodon has come in and done everything right. He’s just kept things calm, been sensible and impressed in training. I would suggest he’s reliable, he’s steady and he’s consistent.
“Davinson Sanchez can be a little up and down at times. His performances can be fabulous and then not so much. His form is sporadic.
“We know what Mourinho likes, he wants defenders to defend, to be consistent and just do the simple things. If Joe Rodon does that he’ll do very well under Mourinho.”
After being dropped following Spurs’ defensive collapse against West Ham, Sanchez has had to settle for appearances in the Europa League.
He has started four of their five group games this term as they secured qualification to the knockout stages on Thursday night.
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