Mauricio Pochettino explains what Tottenham defender Juan Foyth shows in training
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has explained that Juan Foyth has shown in training he’s comfortable playing as a right-sided defender.
The 21-year-old is a centre-back by trade that is strong on the ball and looks like a younger version of Toby Alderweireld.
He’s made 14 senior appearances across all competitions this season as he breaks his way into the first team and recently played out of position.
The Argentina international slotted in well to a right wing-back position in a narrow Premier League defeat to Manchester City and competed well against Raheem Sterling.
Pochettino has explained he trusts Foyth in the unfamiliar role based on what he’s seen in training and wouldn’t be afraid to use him in the same position.
“Yes. I think yes. I think he was very good. He played so well,” Pochettino said about Foyth play right-back in the future, as cited by Football.London.
“The signal that he’s giving us in the training sessions, you can see and you can feel and you can trust him in that position.”
Spurs signed Foyth for £8million (BBC) back in 2017 and he’s definitely a star for the future.
It’s extremely encouraging to see him come into the senior team and do a strong job in an unfamiliar role, but his future has to be in the heart of defence.
He’s got a lot of attributes to be a top-class centre-back in years to come and will improve alongside experienced professional such as Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.
Foyth has made steady inroads to the team this year and should hope that next year can be another step forward to becoming a Spurs regular.