Can Sandro be the key to Spurs obtaining a Champions League place in May? Could he even be the one to give the Tottenham back four the protection needed to mount a title challenge? I think so.
It has been widely acknowledged that Andres Villas Boas has built a very formidable squad since his arrival at White Hart Lane, but last season Spurs where pipped once again by Arsenal to a top 4 finish. This season however, Spurs look a different machine altogether, one that is well capable of providing a challenge.
Having lost Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in the summer, Daniel Levy didn’t waste anytime spending the £100m he received from the transfer. Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela are just three of the big names who have been acquired by Spurs, but I personally believe Sandro, (who has been out injured since the meeting with QPR last season), may hold the key to Tottenham’s success.
Not your typical skilful, silky Brazilian, but more of terrier, who isn’t afraid to do the nasty work in order for Tottenham’s attacking players to flourish. His return from injury was vitally important on Sunday, when Spurs beat Aston Villa 2-0 at Villa Park. He and Fabian Delph battled it out in the middle of the park throughout the game. It was a case of who ever came out on top between these two players, was going to drive their team on. Sandro was the victor on this occasion.
It’s dominant performances like this that Spurs have been missing since his injury, having to rely on Moussa Dembele to sit in a much deeper role, which just doesn’t suit his game. This potentially backfired for Spurs when facing teams with the better quality in the Premier League.
Having the presence of Sandro back in the team along with the creativity going forward, should make Spurs a very potent outfit this season and I’d expect them to make a genuine push for silverware come the end of the season.