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Former Tottenham man slates £45million ‘accident waiting to happen’ as he longs for star pair

Davinson Sanchez, Ben Davies, Eric Dier, Tottenham, August 2022

Jamie O’Hara has branded Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez an ‘accident waiting to happen’ following Spurs’ loss to Newcastle United.

Spurs have been hindered of late, due to a number of injuries to members of their squad. A host of their most influential assets have spent spells on the sidelines so far this season.

From the defence to the attack, each area of the squad has been hit at some point. Ahead of his side’s game against Newcastle United, Spurs boss Antonio Conte joked he might have to play, due to the injury crisis.

Indeed, Cristian Romero, Dejan Kulusevski and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg were all sidelined. Conte detailed his concern for the injury of Kulusevksi, in particular, who had been in good form.

Spurs had to field a weakened side as they faced the Magpies, and they paid the price.

The visitors scored twice in the opening half, and despite a second-half Harry Kane header, that goal was only a consolation.

Former Tottenham man O’Hara launched into Spurs after the game. Indeed, the pundit feels the players at Conte’s disposal are not competitive enough.

“We’ve been found out, the squad’s bang average,” he said on talkSPORT.

Sanchez fee questioned

One man in particular bore the brunt of O’Hara’s onslaught – centre-back Sanchez. The defender’s price-tag was questioned, as O’Hara tore into him.

“Romero gets injured as well and you have to play Sanchez,” he said.

“I don’t know what Sanchez is playing at. I mean, how we paid £45m for him I’ll never know, he’s just an accident waiting to happen.

“I don’t know what he puts in his boot bag, but they’re not football boots, because he’s playing with wellies on.”

While Conte may not express it in the same way, it seems he is not all too confident in playing Sanchez. Last season, the defender sat on the bench for 14 of Spurs’ Premier League games.

O’Hara longs for pair amid Romero injury

O’Hara clearly feels that Romeo sustaining an injury has hindered Spurs. The pundit was left longing for him and Ben Davies after the defensive display.

“If you haven’t got Romero and Ben Davies playing, don’t even bother trying to play out from the back,” O’Hara added.

“It makes everyone on edge to try and get the ball out and play out from the back, it makes everyone look so bad.”

While Davies was introduced in the second half, it was only for nine minutes, as he has only recently recovered from an injury of his own. By the point he had come on, though, the damage had already been done.

Clearly, O’Hara feels the defender needs to play the next game to give Spurs a chance. Tottenham will hope that Romero is not out for too long, too.

He is clearly one of Conte’s more trusted assets. Since he has been at the club, other than through injury, he has hardly missed a game.