Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has been discussing Juan Foyth to the Evening Standard ahead of Sunday’s clash with Wolves.
The Argentine has received special praise from the manager for his performance in the midweek defeat to Bayern Munich.
Foyth came in for a rate start and caught the eye with a solid showing.
Mourinho did rule out the possibility of the 21-year-old starting at Wolves this Sunday, however.
He told the Evening Standard: “The team for Sunday was decided before Wednesday, so Wednesday doesn’t make an impact on the Sunday decisions.
“Some players had a very good performance. Do you want a name, just to be happy? Foyth. He was very stable, very solid, very calm. He played very very well.
“Will he start Sunday? No. But I’m really happy with his performance.”
The young defender made his second start of the season against Bayern Munich. These comments from Mourinho suggest more game time will be forthcoming.
One possibility that the Tottenham boss did rule out was the concept of the utility man going on loan.
He continued: “Some media was saying Foyth is a candidate to go on loan. I can kill it now. No chance.”
Foyth is naturally a centre-back but is more than capable of filling in at right-back.
His style of play suggests he could even perform a midfield role if called upon and Mourinho certainly has options.
Foyth signed for Tottenham in 2017 for £8 million from Estudiantes (Daily Mail).
Injuries have hampered his progress somewhat and he has played just 30 games for Spurs.
Mourinho’s comments will certainly delight Foyth. They may intrigue some Tottenham supporters, however.
If he doesn’t have any desire to loan him out, he must see him as part of his squad this season.
The ball is in Foyth’s court if that is the case and he has a real chance to ignite his Tottenham career under a manager who seemingly fancies him.
With Spurs still fighting it out on three fronts, Foyth should get plenty of game time.
Mourinho appears to trust Foyth and if he continues to impress he could quickly become a regular first-team fixture.