Jamie Redknapp has admitted he questioned the Tottenham decision to start Juan Foyth against Manchester City on Saturday, but claims he played ever so well after managing an early onslaught.
Spurs did fall to a narrow 1-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium, as Manchester City avenged being knocked out of the Champions League.
Phil Foden scored an early header to split the two teams, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side should rue several glorious chances that weren’t taken.
Sky Sports pundit Redknapp wasn’t sure whether selecting Foyth was the right decision from manager Pochettino, but was blown away by his display.
The 21-year-old slotted into the team as a right wing-back, where he battled well against Raheem Sterling and even Leroy Sane when he came on as a substitute.
“Defensively I thought Foyth played ever so well. I questioned him, first 15 minutes he really struggled against Raheem Sterling. [But] he stuck to the task, the defensive three work well,” Redknapp said on Sky Sport Premier League channel (3:00pm, 20 April).
Foyth has mainly been a fringe player this season at Spurs, but he was required at the weekend after the work done in midweek to reach the Champions League semi-finals.
They weren’t quite able to repeat their success against Manchester City, but still have it in their own hands to make the top four and currently sit third.
Foyth did well as a wing-back considering it’s not his natural position and grew into the contest as it went on.
The Argentina international will surely be used in his more accustomed centre-back slot moving forward, but his versatility is a good sign and the youngster may have a bright future with Spurs.