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Tottenham defender Juan Foyth should start at right-back against Watford

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Tottenham defender Juan Foyth should start at right-back against Watford

Juan Foyth proved his fitness over the international break.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has received a selection boost ahead of the Watford clash.

Spurs host Watford this weekend and Juan Foyth is back in contention. The Argentine defender has been out since pre-season. He recently returned to the bench but Pochettino hasn’t risked rushing him back yet.

However, this match against Watford is a must-win and Foyth is surely pushing for a start. Here’s why Pochettino should give him a starting role at right-back.

Tottenham’s right-back problem

Right-back has become a problem position at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Kieran Trippier’s departure has left a hole in Pochettino’s options – one he didn’t fill during the summer transfer window.

Kyle Walker-Peters started the season at right-back but he still needs polishing and he has had some injury concerns. Serge Aurier came back into the team and started brightly but was sent off against Southampton before his horror show against Bayern Munich – proving he is unreliable.


In the last game, Pochettino was forced to play Moussa Sissoko at right-back. Eric Dier can also play there but these are not preferable options. Foyth could save the day.

Foyth proves fitness

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Pochettino has left Foyth on the bench in the past two games but he has now proven he is fit again. The Argentina international played 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw with Germany – operating at right-back.

Lionel Scaloni then selected Foyth in the starting line-up for Argentina’s game against Ecuador, which ended in a 6-1 win. Foyth played 77 minutes in this encounter to show Pochettino he is back to full fitness. There should be no concerns about aggravating injuries anymore.

Potential long-term solution

If Foyth can prove himself at right-back this weekend, he could become the long-term solution in this position. There is a vacancy at right-back at Tottenham if any of the contenders stands up and finds some consistent form.

Foyth is far from the finished product and he does have errors in him. But the 21-year-old has earned a chance to show what he can do against Watford.

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