Born in January 1998, Juan Foyth is one of the youngest centre-backs in the Premier League this year to start a match. He now has two consecutive starts for us and how well has he taken his chance? Sure, he is playing because Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez both are injured, but if he plays like this, surely, he must put some questions in Poch’s head to think about.
Coming to Tottenham in August 2017, he has been struggling to find time on the pitch. Only making 8 appearances in the 2017-2018 season and all of them in the cup competitions. I watched him play last season and I remember thinking to myself that he reminded me of Jan. He was calm and good on the ball and his tackles always looked well timed. However, he looked young, inexperienced and like he needed to put on some more muscle to be able to handle the Prem. I think it was good for him to get a year without playing that much and just practicing with the team, because with the team and coaching staff we have I cannot imagine anything else than high tempo and high quality training.
We had not seen a lot of Juan this season either until the last two weeks where he has started three matches. The first one being against West Ham in the cup where he looked very good, blocking shots and completing passes. After the West Ham match, he started the next two consecutive Premier League matches against Wolverhampton and against Crystal Palace yesterday. Against Wolverhampton, he put in a solid shift, it looked like he knew that he had the quality to play in the Prem. Yesterday against Crystal Palace he was impeccable, bar one or two mistakes in the first half. He looked very confident on and off the ball. Scoring a game-winning goal in a London derby in only your second league start can only boost your confidence even more.
Is Juan Foyth a centre back we can count on in the future at Spurs? It is early to say after only seeing him play two game against Wolves and Crystal Palace in the league, but I see the qualities he possesses and they are only going to get better. He has got the feet, the mentality and the defending needed to become a great centre back in the modern football.
I hope we get to see more of Foyth this season, which I think we will after his performances in these three games he has started. Hopefully him, Lamela and Gazzaniga will get some playing time for Argentina in the double header against Mexico on Friday and Tuesday during the international break. With some playing time for his country, I am sure Foyth will feel proud and after that there will be no turning back, only looking forward and try to seize a starting spot in the Tottenham line-up.
Up the Spurs!
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