The Tottenham Hotspur fans in the Transfer Tavern are intrigued by recent reports which claim their club are interested in signing Yerry Mina this summer, although they are concerned that his arrival could force Juan Foyth away from North London.
Despite making just 6 first-team appearances for Barcelona since signing for the Catalan giants in January, Yerry Mina travelled to the World Cup with the Colombian national side and played a starring role in their route to the last-sixteen where they eventually fell short against England. The 6ft 4in centre-back made his presence felt in Russia by notching 3 goals from 3 appearances to take his tally to 6 from 15 appearances at international level – not bad at all for a defender.
But it wasn’t only his goalscoring contribution that has provoked interest from Tottenham Hotspur according to The Sun. Defensively, Mina was very impressive as he used his commanding physical presence and leadership qualities to great effect in Russia.
After struggling to break through at Barcelona The Sun believe that Mina could be allowed to embark on a loan move in search of first-team football, which will certainly carry a huge weight of appeal for Daniel Levy this summer.
However, Mauricio Pochettino must consider Juan Foyth’s development before he makes a decision regarding a transfer for Mina as the Colombian’s arrival would almost certainly force Foyth to embark on a loan move this summer.
With Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez and even Eric Dier limiting Foyth’s involvement last season, there’s no doubt that the highly-rated 20-year-old will be hoping for further opportunities next season whether they arrive at Tottenham or elsewhere.
Adding Mina into the squad would add an extra layer of competition that Foyth would find difficult to compete with at his age, so a loan deal may be in his best interests.
Considering Pochettino is widely known to be expecting a big future from his fellow compatriot, it’s extremely unlikely that Foyth would be allowed to depart on a permanent basis this summer, but Mina’s arrival would force him to explore the possibility of a loan move.
With that to consider, Pochettino has a decision to make: keep Foyth in North London where his development can be meticulously monitored or sign a rising star in Mina who has top level experience under his belt.
The choice is Pochettino’s, but if history is anything to go by he might just stick with Foyth and slowly begin to introduce him to the first-team next season.
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