Tottenham Hotspur’s Juan Foyth has attracted plenty of interest in recent weeks following his sudden involvement in the first-team squad.
Murmurs emerging from north London have consistently hinted that Foyth is destined for a bright future in the game, but it took some time before Pochettino gave him a genuine opportunity to showcase his talent.
That opportunity has finally arrived and Foyth has strongly divided opinion after conceding two penalties and making a major blunder in the north London derby.
His general composure in possession of the ball has been a defining feature of his game, and that quality can be explained in part by the fact that he started his career as an attacking midfielder, according to Life Blogger.
Position changes are commonplace during the development of young players, and a similar switch has been made by Liverpool’s 17-year-old prodigy, Yasser Larouci.
According to The Guardian, Larouci is a ‘physical player with an explosive burst of pace and a good left foot’, and, interestingly, he established his reputation as an attacking midfielder before being converted to a left-back by Liverpool’s U18 manager, Barry Lewtas.
Larouci has played eight times for the U18’s this season, providing just one assist from full-back. Whilst that record is certainly not to be sniffed at, it perhaps suggests that he will need to adapt to his new position before he can fully utilise his attacking quality on the overlap.
Modern-day full-backs are required to have excellent forward-thinking instincts, and having explosive pace is an attribute which helps attacking full-backs to ensure they are seldom caught too high up the field, so it’s easy to understand why Lewtas is trying to convert Larouci to full-back.
Foyth’s transition into Tottenham’s first team goes to prove that making the switch from attacking midfield into defence can be a success, and Larouci could provide yet another example to support that notion in the coming years
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