Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Alan Hutton believes that the club will look to sell Juan Foyth in the summer transfer window.
According to Football Insider, the Argentinian will push for a move away from Spurs at the end of the season and it is expected that the club will allow this to happen, despite Jose Mourinho refusing to let him leave in January.
Foyth was a favourite of previous manager Mauricio Pochettino, who brought him to the club and tried to bleed him into the side last season by giving him 17 appearances in all competitions (Transfermarkt).
However, since his compatriot was sacked, he has struggled for minutes at Tottenham, with Mourinho starting him just twice so far in his tenure – once in a dead rubber against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and once against Norwich City in the Premier League when he was hauled off at half-time (Transfermarkt).
Hutton believes that, as reported, Foyth will leave Spurs in the summer. He insists that the 22-year-old has had opportunities at the club but has never really managed to take them, whilst also suggesting that he is not really a player that suits Mourinho, which is why he will be allowed to leave.
Speaking about Foyth, the ex-Scotland international told Football Insider: “He’s had a lot of chances if we’re honest. I know [Mauricio] Pochettino must have liked him. He had some game time under him, so it’s not like he’s never had an opportunity to go and prove himself.
“I always thought he was very rash – big tackles, and every time he played you just thought he was going to do something, whether it be getting sent off or whatever.
“I think he has had an opportunity, and I think they’ll look to move him on I would have thought. The writing is on the wall. He hasn’t played too much under Mourinho, and I don’t think he’s really his type of player.”
It is hard to argue with Hutton here; it does look very likely that Foyth will be one of the players moved on by Spurs in the summer as they prepare for their first full season under Mourinho.
As mentioned, he has rarely featured under the Portuguese of late and, at 22, he needs to find a new club where he will play on a more regular basis, particularly now that he is an 11-time Argentina international and he will want to cement his place in the national team.
It seems unlikely that he will ever get regular game-time at Spurs with Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez already ahead of him, whilst Japhet Tanganga, who is two years younger than Foyth, also appears to have jumped above him in the pecking order, having started six of their last seven games (Transfermarkt).
Put simply, Foyth and Spurs need to part ways at the end of the season for the good of the defender’s career.
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