Juan Foyth could depart Tottenham Hotspur this month, according to his agent (via Interdipendenza). Jose Mourinho has already ruled out this move though, according to Sky Sports. The player has the potential to perform at right-back, except he needs more time to develop his game in England.
Juan Foyth Has Important Role as Tottenham Hotspur’s Right-Back
Mourinho spoke in December declaring that Foyth won’t be on the move in January;
“At the moment, the players that went to Munich with us are part of our squad, so I don’t think there will be many doors open for players to get out on loan,”
“If you want to be more direct like some media that was saying Foyth was one of them – I can kill it now. No chance.”
This is hardly surprising, since Spurs often rotate their defence, especially with the recent injury pile-up. Additionally, Kyle Walker-Peters is rumoured to be wanted by Crystal Palace on loan, subject to a fee (Daily Mail). Thus, this leaves the club with two senior right-backs including Foyth.
Cut Out Naive Errors
Foyth has made plenty of errors, including the awful red card challenge against Bournemouth last season. Furthermore, he often makes mistakes on the ball, too naive in possession. But, this is a marker of the kind of player he can develop into. He is so comfortable on the ball that he will try his utmost to keep the ball in defence. Thus, he is definitely suitable for a ball-playing centre-back role. That’s if he can master the craft of playing out from the back. For now, his game is still riddled with mistakes that need ironing out.
Time to Invest?
If Juan Foyth is to be sent out on loan, or even if Walker-Peters goes out on loan, then the club will have to bring in another right-back. Eric Dier could cover the role, but it is time for the chairman to invest in a right-back suitable for Mourinho’s tactics. Mourinho has often featured wingbacks in his current Spurs set-ups.
Max Aarons is a gem, currently plying his trade at Norwich City. The youngster is dynamic and well suited to getting forward when needed. If Spurs want a little more experience, then they could instead opt for Ricardo Pereira who is excelling at Leicester City. He is similarly capable of playing up and down the length of the wing.
Arguably, though, one of these players should be brought in even if Foyth stayed at the club. Aurier has had some rough form, with recent performances suggesting he is not the top wing-back that Spurs are looking for. If anybody, he should be the player to depart. Foyth, on the other hand, deserves more minutes to develop his game and bring out his full potential.