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Introducing: Juan Foyth is not the right-back answer for Tottenham

Introducing: Juan Foyth is not the right-back answer for Tottenham

There is no doubting that Juan Foyth appears to have all the attributes to become extremely successful at Tottenham Hotspur in the near future.

The Argentine has made a real impression when handed the opportunity and it is no surprise that he will be handed more minutes next season by Mauricio Pochettino after producing a number of standout performances for his club.

However, those appearances should not be at right-back.

Although the 21-year-old managed to put in a stellar display against Manchester City when the two sides met in the Premier League recently, he did not have the best of times out wide when they met West Ham United at the New White Hart Lane Stadium last weekend.

Admittedly, it is a new position for Foyth, however, he is much better suited to playing a centre-back role and that is where Tottenham would benefit having him in the future.

The South American, who is valued at £10.8million by Transfermarkt, has all the qualities to be a commanding figure in the middle of the back-line or even on the right-side of a central back three, but he does not appear to be suited to a wide position, especially with the way Spurs like to play.

Foyth does not look extremely comfortable going forward with the ball and he does not have the crossing ability that Pochettino would like to see his wing-backs have in their locker, although you can not take too much away from the player’s passing ability.

Yes, the 21-year-old is far from the finished article and has shown encouraging signs that he could adapt to a role a little wider than he is used to, however, Tottenham would arguably be missing out on what he is best at.

With Toby Alderweireld’s future thought to be up in the air, Foyth would be better utilised as an in-house replacement for the Belgium international should he leave the north London outfit.

With doubts over Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier’s time at the club also being thrown around, Pochettino would surely be better off either bringing Kyle Walker-Peters up to the first-team for the final couple of games of the season and provide him with some experience, or look to use the upcoming transfer window to bring a more established right-back to the club.


Foyth must play for Tottenham more often next season, however, it must be in the centre of defence.

Tottenham fans, what are your thoughts regarding Foyth? Do you think he should be used at right-back or do you think the club would benefit more by having him in a central role? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.

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