Brighton have apparently taken an interest in a potential move for Tottenham defender Juan Foyth, according to reports from Spanish media.
The print edition of El Periódico Mediterráneo claimed [via Sport Witness] that the 22-year-old is on the ‘agenda’ of the Seagulls, along with Leeds and Brighton. However, Villarreal appear to be in pole position for the 10-cap Argentina international, with ex-Arsenal boss and three-time Europa League-winning manager Unai Emery hoping to bring him to El Madrigal.
Foyth has made 32 appearances for Tottenham but was reduced to a peripheral role last season after Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino, with the 22-year-old playing just seven matches in all of 2019/20, most recently in late December.
Foyth has a good tackling record, winning 1.8 per game last term despite his sporadic game-time – that was a notably higher average than regular Brighton centre-backs Lewis Dunk (1.1) and Adam Webster (one).
However, the Argentine recorded less than one aerial duel, interception and clearance per game in 2019/20, while his passing success rate of 82.1% was lower than both Dunk (87%) and Webster (83.1%).
Furthermore, competition for centre-back places at the Amex Stadium has been heightened by the return of Ben White – on whom Brighton slapped a £50m price tag amid multiple bids from Leeds – from his loan spell at Elland Road, as well as summer arrival of former Ajax defender Joel Veltman.
Foyth is already familiar with the English top flight and has played in the Champions League, so a move to Brighton is unlikely to faze him or require a lengthy bedding-in period.
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However, the intense battle for centre-back places at the Amex means that he couldn’t be guaranteed regular action under Potter, nor would he discernibly improve their back-line judging by his statistics compared to the likes of Dunk and Webster.
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