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.
“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.