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TT Introduces: Juan Foyth as Tottenham’s Bailly alternative

TT Introduces: Juan Foyth as Tottenham’s Bailly alternative

Central defence is one of the strongest areas of Tottenham’s squad with Mauricio Pochettino having Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez all to call upon — three of the best centre-backs in the Premier League.

Eric Dier — though his form has dipped somewhat over the last year or so — is also another option, further showing how well-equipped the north London club are in the previously mentioned department.

However, with the future of Alderweireld still uncertain, the Daily Star are reporting Tottenham are ready to do battle with fierce rivals Arsenal for the signature of Manchester United’s Eric Bailly in the January transfer window.

Pochettino, though, should think twice before making an approach for the Ivory Coast international, especially when he already has Juan Foyth at his disposal.

Foyth arrived at White Hart Lane from Argentinian side Estudiantes last summer, but has barely featured under Pochettino with the Tottenham boss favouring Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Sanchez and Dier all ahead of the 20-year-old.

But with the departure of Alderweireld still a possibility, there could be room for Foyth to start getting more minutes under his belt, something Pochettino should consider rather than splashing out on Bailly.

Foyth seems way more compatible to what Pochettino wants than Bailly; the Argentina U20 international is a ball-playing defender whose composure on the ball is far greater than that of Bailly’s.

Jose Mourinho himself has spoken (via Goal) about how he lacks defenders who can play out from the back consistently with Bailly’s tendency to hoof the ball in the air at the first sign of pressure epitomising the words of his manager.

Come January or next summer and Pochettino is in search of a central defender, then he should looker closer to home and put his faith in Foyth instead of someone like Bailly.

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