An injury to Cristian Romero has opened the door for Sanchez to make an impact under Conte and he clocked the full 90 minutes as Spurs beat Norwich 3-0.


Former Tottenham star Crooks admits he felt that Conte would not play Sanchez in serious fixtures after his display in a Europa Conference League meeting with Mura.



He now though thinks the defender may have hope under Conte after his performance in the win over Norwich; he also scored his side’s second goal of the game.


“I saw this lad have a shocker in Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat in Slovenia in the Europa Conference League”, Crooks wrote in his BBC Sport column.



“At the time I thought that Antonio Conte wouldn’t play the defender again in anything remotely resembling a serious fixture.


“However the player returned for the match against Norwich (not the most demanding game) and not only played his part in a defensive unit that kept a valuable clean sheet, but scored the goal that put the game well beyond the Canaries.



“Maybe there’s hope for this player under Conte after all”, he added.


The games are coming thick and fast for Tottenham in December, with clashes against Rennes, Brighton, Leicester, Liverpool, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Southampton.


And Sanchez is sure to be given further chances to make his mark under Conte during the busy fixture list.