'What on earth is he thinking?' - Exclusive: Pochettino savaged for 'baffling' Spurs decision
Mauricio Pochettino has been slammed for his “baffling” decision to sell Kieran Trippier for £20million and start the season with no right-back he trusts.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker Noel Whelan can’t believe the Argentine used centre-back Davinson Sanchez on the right side of the defence in the 2-2 draw against Arsenal.
Pochettino turned to the Colombia international as the solution in the absence of Kyle Walker-Peters, the academy product who started the first three matches of the season at right-back.
“He put a square peg in a round hole and it didn’t work,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Davinson Sanchez is a good centre-back, but he doesn’t have the attributes to play at right-back.
“The modern right-back has to be able to defend, but he is also part-midfielder and part-winger. He needs to bomb up and down the flank, support the attacks and help create goals.
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“Sanchez is never going to do that and it was really strange to play him at right-back. I find it a bit baffling that a club like Tottenham don’t have a right-back who is better than Sanchez.
“Pochettino obviously doesn’t rate Serge Aurier and his decision to sell Kieran Trippier for £20million is looking stranger by the day. What on earth is he thinking?”
Pochettino overlooked other options in favour of Sanchez, including former Paris Saint-Germain star Aurier, who is an experienced right-back.
Trippier was sold to Atletico Madrid for £20million in the summer, but Tottenham opted not to replace him.