Mauricio Pochettino has hailed the qualities of Tottenham’s new signing Juan Foyth by explaining what kind of potential the Argentine defender possesses,# and further went on to reveal how the club fought the other interested sides in acquiring his signature.
The 19-year-old arrived at the club just a day before the deadline day and penned down a five-year deal. Talks with Estudiantes were going on for long, but with other clubs, most notably Paris Saint-Germain, being interested as well, the Lilywhites had to wait to finalise the deal.
Former Manchester United and Chelsea midfielder, and current Estudiantes president, Juan Sebastián Verón – who was also a teammate of Mauricio Pochettino once – traveled to London to conclude the transfer, but the talks stalled after Estudiantes upped their asking price after knowing that PSG were interested as well.
The player, however, was keen on working with Pochettino as he knew that it is under the Argentine he would get proper first team action.
“It’s a club that bets on the young and I think I’m going to have a chance to play, the 19-year-old was quoted by Evening Standard.
“I also spoke with Mauricio Pochettino and I liked what he said. It was what helped me decide that Tottenham was the right place to continue my career.”
Speaking of Foyth’s signing, Pochettino revealed how the club convinced him to come to London and went on to explain what makes him a great prospect for the team.
“He is so good with the ball at his feet,” Pochettino said at his weekly media briefing, as quoted by ESPN FC. “He is so calm and relaxed, I think it’s fantastic. 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 with Estudiantes 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.
“Like all the young players, we’ll try not to put pressure on him,” he said. “It’s a massive change coming from Argentina to England. The football is completely different, the game is completely different.
“He needs to settle in England and then, little by little, start to improve, adapt to the game here. I think it’s early to think about giving him the possibility to play. But he’s doing so well in the last week and we are so happy because his potential is massive.”
Judging by the words of praise from the boss, it does seem like Foyth is a gem of a talent and we might have struck gold with his capture.
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“What a player he was”, “Great goal” – Some Spurs fans go down memory lane about former superstar’s incredible goal
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
😲 The finish
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 24, 2018
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.
THAT WAS MAGIC HODDLE THE BEST EVER SPURS AND ENGLAND MIDFIELDER
— Enjoy your life (@english4alu) September 24, 2018
So used to love watching @GlennHoddle play. What a passer of the ball, more so his long passes. Glenn could pass a ball 60 yards and drop the ball on a pinhead. Don’t think there is anyone else who could pass a ball as accurately as Glenn. And what a playmaker as well.
— Tom Salter (@salter_tom) September 24, 2018
What a player he was
— Daniel young (@Daniely79) September 24, 2018
I was at the game with a school friend of mine…I ran across the stands when he scored…swear I could see my arm on MOTD!! Still the greatest Spurs player I have ever seen and my childhood hero #KingHoddle
— arthur dayley69 (@Arthurdayley69) September 24, 2018
Remember it well – was there too 😀 – one of those many Hoddle class moments that you just don’t forget. ⚽️💙⚽️ COYS!!!!
— Steve Mottau (@SteveMottau1) September 24, 2018
I was there. Great memories. #COYS
— Dave Norton (@DaveNorton5) September 24, 2018
Was right behind that goal-fabulous.
Up there with his goals against Notts Forest and Man Utd as his best!
— Annalisa (@Anna15Lisa) September 24, 2018
I was there and will never forget it. The best player I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching
— Andrew Davis (@andrwsimondavis) September 24, 2018
Imagine the silly price he would be fetch today if he was a South American, great player saw lots of his games and goals
— Robert Michael Davis (@RobertM51726029) September 24, 2018
Great goal,Can see why Bergkamp based his game on him
— Paul McQuillan (@PaulMcQuillan76) September 24, 2018
Ahh fantastic, my favourite goal from the man who made me a Spurs fan with his simplistic elegance and genius. And the wonderful Alan Parry on the mic and still going strong in 2018
— Des Bennett (@DesBennett5) September 24, 2018
Former Tottenham star refutes claims of wanting to leave the club
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.
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.
Former Tottenham manager blasts star for performance against Brighton
Tottenham might have come up with all three points against Brighton but former manager Harry Redknapp was not happy with our defending in the final minutes of the game.
Spurs had raced into a 2-0 lead, thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela. However, Anthony Knockaert pulled one back for the hosts in the 93rd minute.
The Englishman was responsible for the first goal we conceded and was in attack mode during stoppage time too.
“He [Pochettino] will be bothered by that last minute because it was a nightmare. It’s a poor goal. They’re stretched.
“At this stage of the game you’ve got no need. You’ve got to manage the game not get yourself stretched like that with two minutes to go. Danny Rose shouldn’t be going forward if he’s exhausted. Stay where you are. Keep the clean sheet. Defend first and foremost.”
The former manager is right as we suffered a similar fate against Inter Milan a few days earlier. Two late goals from the Italians meant we started our Champions League journey with a loss and we could have dropped more points at the Amex too.
Fortunately, we held on for three points but Pochettino has a lot of work to do before we play like we did last season.
Spurs are already six points behind league leaders Liverpool and we cannot afford any more mistakes for the remainder of the campaign.
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