Some really exciting news for Tottenham fans as defender Juan Foyth has been placed on Gazzetta dello Sport’s list of 98 most exciting prospects born in or after 1998.
A lot of eyebrows were raised when Mauricio Pochettino bought Foyth from Estudiantes La Plata last summer. The defender had just played few times for the Argentine outfit and to spend on the player who had played so less was indeed tricky.
But Pochettino showed faith in his compatriot and signed him. So far so good, the youngster has bagged 7 appearances for Spurs and continues to be a part of Pochettino’s youthful side.
When Tottenham acquired Foyth’s services at the start of the season, the player was never expected to walk straight into the team. With senior pros including Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier in defence, Foyth was always considered as the man for the future.
Pochettino’s decision has so far been good as the Gazzetta dello Sport’s list adds Foyth at 85th place, a couple of places above Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The Italian newspaper hails the Tottenham defender of having ‘not bad feet’, coming from the fact he ‘used to play as an attacking midfielder’ (h/t Sport Witness).
Pochettino has not thrown Foyth directly to the wolves but has helped the centre-back adapt to the demands of the Premier League.
The 20-year-old has been used primarily in the cup competitions and also started Spurs’ final Champions League group-stage game against APOEL Nicosia. Our gaffer clearly trusts Foyth and his abilities. The former Estudiantes man is known to be a ball-playing defender, calm and composed in tight areas with his decision-making absolutely top notch at such a tender age.
The aforementioned traits attracted Pochettino and our manager couldn’t resist the urge and signed him, beating a host of European clubs last summer.
Foyth is just 20 and has everything in him to become a top defender. When the likes of Alderweireld and Vertonghen start ageing, Foyth and fellow summer signing Davinson Sanchez would become the pillars in Spurs’ defence. Until then, the Argentine will be eased into the first-team before he becomes ready to start regularly in the Premier League.