According to The Athletic, Juan Foyth is willing to leave Tottenham Hotspur in the upcoming January transfer window if he continues to struggle with lack of game-time. The Argentine defender hasn’t played much football this season, despite starting in the recent defeat to Bayern Munich.
Despite all of his struggles at Spurs, Jose Mourinho must surely consider keeping hold of Foyth in January and making him a key part of his plans.
Foyth could be the face of the Spurs defence
It is needless to say Tottenham Hotspur require fresh new faces in defence. Two of their most trusted defenders in Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are nearing the final stages of their respective careers. Their current contracts at the club is set to expire at the end of the season.
Hence, their future at the club still hangs in the balance. Davinson Sanchez is the likely replacement in the squad, should any of these two defenders leave anytime soon. But, the Colombian hasn’t really shown much promise as well within the past 12 months, often looking tentative at the back.
That’s where Foyth could come in the fray. Although the Argentine had struggled with injuries for most of the campaign, he has shown immense promise during the early stage of his career. He is already considered as a key member of the Argentina defence. And at the age of just 21, Foyth has time on his side and could emerge as the face of the Tottenham backline in the coming years.
His versatility would be useful
Aside from his talent, Foyth is also quite a versatile defender. A centre-back by nature, the youngster, can also feature as a right-back. Although he’s certainly not the fastest playing in that role, he has a good understanding of positioning and is, therefore, less likely to leave open spaces in behind the backline.
Hence Foyth’s presence in the Spurs team could hand Mourinho additional defensive options without having to fork out money in the transfer window. It will make things easier for the Portuguese mastermind to utilise his options, especially when it comes to squad rotations.
As per Whoscored, the 21-year-old has only managed a low 217 minutes in all competitions so far this season. With the December games still coming thick and fast and the second half of the season approaching where depth would be needed, a player like Foyth who could be deployed in many positions would turn out very helpful.
He is an ideal fit for Mourinho’s system
Foyth is known for his cautious approach. Even though the Argentine has the talent to bring the ball out from the back and operate as a fully-fledged ball-playing defender, he often looks first to seek out his options.
This pragmatic style of play is ideally suited to Mourinho’s defence-oriented game. The defender notably impressed in the match against Bayern Munich, which was his first appearance under the new Spurs boss. And given his performance, one could be forgiven for thinking that Foyth may actually become a crucial part of the side, especially with Vertonghen and Sanchez failing to perform.