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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed the extent to which he pursued Juan Foyth and backed the youngster to make a mark at Spurs. Reports from Evening Standard indicate that Pochettino took three months to convince the defender to join Tottenham.

It was a long-drawn pursuit and Spurs finally signed the highly-rated youngster from Estudiantes only a day before the summer transfer deadline. Hailed as one of the most talented defenders of his generation, Foyth was identified as a target last season itself.

Juan Sebastian Veron, the former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder, and the current Estudiantes president traveled to London in June for talks about a move for the player.

However, Veron tried to up the price for his player by stating that French big spenders Paris Saint-Germain were interested in Foyth’s services. It looked at one time that the Lilywhites might pull out of the deal.

All’s well that ends well as Pochettino continued his interest in the 19-year-old Argentina Under-20 defender and took the pursuit to a logical conclusion. The manager strongly believes that his countryman has all the qualities to succeed at Tottenham.

“He is so good with the ball at his feet. He is so calm and relaxed – I think it’s fantastic,” said Pochettino (quoted by Evening Standard).

It’s true that he is young but he can be very aggressive and strong, too. He has very good legs, a good mentality and he is so mature for his age.”

“We saw him playing at Estudiantes, and started to talk with him and his parents and family to try to convince him to join us. It was a big, big deal. It took three months to arrange because a lot of clubs were interested in him. In the end he decided to join us. It was good for him and good for us, too.”

Foyth has joined the club on a five-year deal and has already revealed that it was a discussion with Pochettino that persuaded him to join the North London club. The Argentine manager himself moved to Europe at a very young age and sees the right attributes in Foyth, for him to make a mark on the bigger stage.

Foyth too was enticed by the idea of training with Pochettino, who has earned a reputation of blooding youngsters at Tottenham. It is reported that the manager has indicated that Foyth would be given match opportunities if he impressed in training.

The youngster is rated very highly in the senior setup and it is rumoured that national coach Jorge Sampaoli is looking to give him a full call-up soon. Working with Pochettino will definitely come to Foyth’s aid in speeding up his education.

Defence is one area where Tottenham are very strong – even making the bench is difficult. But, Foyth has the right skills to make it to the first team very soon.

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Lamela and Gazzaniga to start: Predicted Tottenham line-up against Watford in Carabao Cup

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Tottenham’s next clash is against Watford in the Carabao Cup as we play at Stadium MK. The ground was selected after Wembley was unavailable on the date of the game and Spurs should come in with high spirits after their 2-1 win over Brighton.

The win over the weekend stopped our run of three consecutive losses. However, another win cannot be taken for granted, given that we lost to the same opposition a couple of weeks ago.

Tottenham must also have one eye on the Premier League game against Huddersfield later in the week and here is our predicted line-up for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Predicted Tottenham XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

Paulo Gazzaniga (GK)

The Argentine was decent between the sticks and should continue in goal as Michel Vorm has a slight injury.

Serge Aurier (RB)

The former PSG man didn’t play in the win over Brighton and should get a start in place of Kieran Trippier.

Davinson Sanchez

Davinson Sanchez (CB)

Sanchez was another player who did not play against the Seagulls but he must be at his best if we are to win over the Hornets.

Jan Vertonghen (CB)

It is a tough call between Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld but Jan just gets the nod ahead of his Belgian teammate.

Ben Davies (LB)

Davies didn’t play on Saturday and Pochettino must rest Danny Rose ahead of our clash against Huddersfield.

Harry Winks (CM)

The youngster didn’t start the game against Brighton and should be one of our two central midfielders in this clash.

Victor Wanyama (CM)

Wanyama needs minutes under his belt and this is the best opportunity for the Kenyan to showcase his fitness and abilities.

Erik Lamela (RAM)

The Argentine had an instant impact as he scored a goal coming off the bench. And Lamela should start the game against the Hornets.

Dele Alli (AM)

Alli must be back to full fitness as he came on as a sub in our last game. We need the Englishman to do well since his form hasn’t been great this season.

Son Heung-min (LAM)

Another player who hasn’t been at his best this season, the South Korean has to pick it up to keep his spot on the team.

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Fernando Llorente (ST)

Harry Kane needs a break and even though Llorente hasn’t seen a lot of game time, the Spaniard must start at Stadium MK.

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“What a player he was”, “Great goal” – Some Spurs fans go down memory lane about former superstar’s incredible goal

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Glenn Hoddle

Glenn Hoddle

Glenn Hoddle was in the news recently as he ripped Tottenham’s defence to shreds post our defeat at San Siro.

The former player and manager wasn’t happy with the lack of commitment from the team and did make sense while criticising some players.

The Tottenham Twitter account posted an old video of Hoddle in his prime. The former player scored a wonderful goal in 1983 as he produced magic against Watford.

The touch, the turn and the finish are unbelievable, to say the least. The 60-year-old now enjoys his time as a pundit but is one of the best English players of his time and this goal more than proves it.

The midfielder won two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup with us during the 80s and it is no wonder some Spurs fans turned the clock back and praised Hoddle.

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Former Tottenham star refutes claims of wanting to leave the club

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Former Tottenham defender Kyle Walker has refuted claims from Mauricio Pochettino which suggested the player wanted to leave Spurs.

The Daily Mail reports that Pochettino’s book claimed that Walker wanted to leave at the end of the 2016/17 season.

However, the Manchester City man claims the Argentine did not view the defender as part of his plans. Walker was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying:

“He told me I wasn’t in his plan.”

The Englishman was further upset about Pochettino revealing these details which he thought was private.

“If he was going to do that he might as well have called a press conference and told everyone. He told one side of the story, but it’s a side of a story I don’t agree with.

“He said he had a witness in there, but he didn’t tell the correct story, no way. Up until now I have never said my part. I have stayed quiet and showed a level of respect to Tottenham and I always will.”

The right-back claimed he got his chances due to the manager but wanted everyone to know what really happened regarding his transfer to City.

Walker did pick up a Premier League title with Pep Guardiola last season but expressed his gratitude as well.

“I was young, needed to improve and he improved me.

“He taught me to look after myself, eat right and rest. I will never forget how much he did.”

The 28-year-old is one of the best right-backs in the Premier League but it was a bit concerning when we sold him and only had Kieran Trippier in the side.

Read more: Tottenham star moves up in list of top scorers after goal against Brighton

Tottenham have two quality right-backs in Serge Aurier and Trippier and the Englishman has certainly improved a lot in the last season or so.

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