Tottenham defender Juan Foyth has been linked with a potential move to La Liga, although Spurs and Jose Mourinho reportedly have contrasting views on the player’s future.
The print edition of Spanish media outlet AS reported [via Sport Witness] that Villarreal are considering a move for the 22-year-old, who the manager is ready to discard but who the Lilywhites don’t want to sell on a permanent basis.
Foyth, who was regarded as a protege of former Spurs manger and fellow Argentine Mauricio Pochettino, has played just three times under Mourinho since his appointment last November. His most recent appearance came in the 2-2 draw at Norwich at the end of 2019, during which he was taken off at half-time and subsequently pilloried by a number of Tottenham fans.
While a couple of lengthy injuries didn’t help his cause during 2019/20, that he made just seven appearances in all competitions and started a solitary Premier League game illustrates how peripheral a presence he has become in north London.
Even with Jan Vertonghen no longer at the club, Mourinho still has Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez, Japhet Tanganga and Cameron Carter-Vickers to call upon as centre-back options, with Alasdair Gold tweeting last week that Mourinho has ‘clearly liked’ what he has seen from the latter.
Having fallen very much out of favour with Mourinho in recent months, it would seem in Foyth’s best interests to seek a reboot of his career elsewhere.
However, he is still young enough to improve substantially as a player, while his 10 caps for Argentina would suggest that he is no slouch. Also, if Pochettino saw something in him to sign him in 2017 and give him plenty of first team opportunities, Tottenham would be right not to be hasty in discarding him completely.
What should Spurs do with Juan Foyth?
A loan move should allow Foyth to reignite his career as well as ensuring that Spurs can still derive long-term value from the player.
Tottenham fans, do you think that Foyth will leave, on loan or otherwise, in the current transfer window? Have your say by commenting below!
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