Erik Lamela reveals he has offered to help his team-mate improve

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Dom Le Roy

Juan Foyth has experienced a remarkable rise since his £8 million move to Tottenham Hotspur from Estudiantes in August 2017 (BBC).

The 21-year-old made his senior international debut for Argentina back in November in a 2-0 friendly win against Mexico and was named as man of the match.

Foyth featured 12 times in the Premier League for Tottenham last season after patiently having to wait for his opportunity to play with the central defender looking impressive when he played at right-back towards the end of the season.

He was named in Argentina’s Copa America squad, with Spurs team-mates Erik Lamela and Paulo Gazzaniga both missing out on a place.

Foyth was named on the bench for both of Argentina’s opening matches in the tournament but came into the match against Qatar as a central defender, before slotting in at right-back for the subsequent knock-out stage matches against Venezuela and Brazil along with the third-place play-off against Chile.

Lamela has praised Foyth’s development and revealed that he always tries to help his compatriot whenever he is able to do so.

He told the club’s official site: “He’s a young player who always wants to train hard and play. He always shows very good character and I’m so happy for him – what a way to finish the season!” 

“It’s important for him. He’s young and developing well. He still has a lot of time. I’m so happy for him and will always try to help him as much as I can.

“To be there, the pressure is big in Argentina. The team always has to win. Juan has big character and I believe in him. He is a player who is always confident, I can see that in every training session, in every game. I hope it’s the start of his career in the national team.”

Opinion

With both Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier both struggling for form last season, Maurico Pochettino could instead decide to play Foyth at right-back rather than look to recruit someone new for the position.

Foyth is prone to an error, but it is easy to forget that he is only 21.  He certainly has a bright future ahead of him.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Really hope to see more of Lamela next season. Think hes becoming the most under rated (and under used) player in our squad. He has a combination of industry, fast thinking, intelligence and combativeness mixed with a bit of dirt in his game that I think really unsettles organised defences, and I don’t think anyone else in our squad really does what he does as well as him. Dele has a bit of that but still lacks a bit of physicality, speed and dribbling that Lamela has. Its a shame we seen so little of Eriksen and Lamela together last season as both together bring out the best of Alli and Kane IMO.

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