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Tottenham’s Juan Foyth’s Premier League debut shows Leeds experience is needed

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Tottenham’s Juan Foyth’s Premier League debut shows Leeds experience is needed

For some time now a section of Tottenham supporters have been crying out for Mauricio Pochettino to show his faith in 20-year-old defender Juan Foyth and give him a Premier League start.

After a fine display against West Ham in the Carabao Cup in midweek, Pochettino did just that against Wolves and the decision looked to have paid off until he conceded two clumsy second half penalties to give the hosts a fighting chance.

AS claimed in October that Marcelo Bielsa is keen to bring his compatriot to Leeds United on loan in January 2019 and the display may have showed exactly why Foyth would benefit from such a move.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 03: Juan Foyth of Spurs celebrates with Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur at Molineux on November 3, 2018 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images)

Doubts surround the futures of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, both of whom have struggled with injuries at times of late, and so Pochettino may initially be reluctant to loan out a player who is on the fringes of the first team in that area.

 

However, as was the case with these penalties, Foyth needs to eliminate such naive errors from his game and an opportunity to do so in the Championship would be ideal given that he clearly has the quality.

With more experience and composure, it is hard not to see Foyth becoming a regular for Spurs in the future. It may be a step backwards to head to Leeds on loan, but it could be the key to taking two steps forward in the future.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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