Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has a selection dilemma after Juan Foyth’s international performance.
Foyth completed 90 minutes for Argentina in the 2-2 friendly draw with Germany. He had not played this season but has proven his fitness and his form to Pochettino during the break.
Last Saturday, Pochettino was forced to play Moussa Sissoko at right-back. This is clearly a problem position for Spurs. If Foyth can prove his worth at right-back, this could spell the end of Serge Aurier’s Tottenham career – here’s why.
Foyth deals with Gnabry
Tottenham were humiliated by Bayern Munich and Serge Gnabry in a recent Champions League clash. Bayern Munich ran riot at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, racking up seven goals with ex-Arsenal midfielder Gnabry scoring four of them.
Gnabry gave Aurier the run-around that night but Foyth did better. The Argentina international was left marking Gnabry when he drifted to the left flank and he easily outperformed Aurier.
Aurier linked with January exit
Even before Foyth’s international display, Aurier was linked with a Spurs exit. The 26-year-old failed to secure a transfer in the summer but he is one of five players who will be sold at the right price in January, according to The Times.
Pochettino is running out of patience with Aurier and this could be his final few months as a Tottenham player. Foyth’s Argentina showing might be the final nail in Aurier’s coffin.
Who is more reliable?
Tottenham’s right-back options have been limited since Kieran Trippier’s summer exit. Kyle Walker-Peters has tried and failed to nail down the role while Aurier has proven that he is still a liability with some reckless displays.
Sissoko filled in at right-back but will be moved further up the pitch if Foyth proves his worth. He has certainly given Pochettino some food for thought. If he nails down the right-back spot before the new year, it could be the end of Aurier’s time at Spurs.