Highly respected Argentinian football writer and broadcaster Gonzalo Bonadeo has given a lengthy insight into new Spurs signing Juan Foyth, who Bonadeo personally has ‘high hopes’ for ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Foyth signed for Tottenham earlier in the week on a 5 year deal for a rumoured fee of £8 million, after fears that Spurs had missed their man when PSG entered the race for the 19 year old back in July.
For those who are looking for more information on the upcoming defender, a piece of insight from Gonzalo Bonadeo, who is renown in Buenos Aires for his stand-out knowledge of the game, has been uploaded to Tottenham Hotspur’s official club website.
The article both expertly analysises and highlights the youngster’s promise and skill, as a taste of what’s to come for the Spurs faithful. Here’s what Bonadeo had to say on Foyth:
“First of all, it’s a very good deal for Spurs.”
“Juan is a young guy, very talented and although he has no more than one season playing for the first team in Estudiantes, he’s a very skilful, smart, relaxed and confident defender.”
“As a youngster, he was mainly a midfielder and when he was 15, a coach in the junior divisions at Estudiantes suggested he played in defence and this was his place. He’s done a very good job since then.”
“He’s confident on the ball and that’s ideal with the way Mauricio Pochettino will want him to play, with the ball played out from the goalkeeper and defenders who are skillful.”
“He has finesse and speed but he’s also very strong.”
At the end of the current season, the lucky few players who’ve been selected by their national sides to play in the World Cup will travel to Russia to compete for the ultimate footballing glory.
Despite being just 19 years of age, Bonadeo believes that Foyth may have a part to play in Argentina’s road to Russia if not the tournament itself.
“We all have high hopes for Juan in Argentina.” He added. “I’m not going to say he’ll play straight away in the next World Cup next year – we don’t even know if Argentina will qualify!”
“But I am confident he will be in a couple of national teams soon because everything is new in the national team, not only in the main team, but also the Under-20s. The coaches from the Under-20 team work closely with the main trainer, Sampaoli.”
“We don’t have that many defenders of that level that young right now in Argentina and Juan is certainly one of the big prospects in that area.”
“We’re all excited to watch him play in the Premier League and I think he will be good news for Spurs.”
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