Juan Foyth lasted just 2 minutes and 13 seconds after being substituted on during Saturday’s match at Bournemouth in what was the fastest Premier League dismissal for four years (Opta).
The Argentine was brought on at half time at the Vitality Stadium by Mauricio Pochettino in place of Toby Alderweireld who had picked up a yellow card during the opening 45 minutes.
Ironically, the Spurs manager admitted that he brought off Alderweireld, along with Eric Dier as they were both at risk of a red card (Daily Mail).
Foyth was chasing a loose ball in midfield when Bournemouth’s Jack Simpson gained possession near the halfway line.
When Simpson gained possession the ball, Foyth lunged in with his studs showing high and made contact with his knee.
Referee Craig Pawson wasted no time in showing the defender a straight red card which proved to be pivotal when Bournemouth headed in a late corner to take all three points from the game.
Simpson has spoken out about Foyth’s challenge and hopes that the 21-year-old will learn from the rash challenge.
He told the Daily Echo: “I felt like it got me on the knee but I was able to get myself out of the way towards the end of it, which maybe saved me a little. It stull hurt quite a bit.
“Luckily my leg wasn’t on the floor so there was no twisting or anything like that. It was just contact. I started moving and it started to ease off and it felt okay.
“Sometimes as a young player you can be over enthusiastic. Obviously no-one wants to see those tackles in the game but I’m sure he hasn’t meant it and I’m sure he will learn from it.”
Spurs Web’s Opinion
Juan Foyth’s raw potential is plain to see, but he certainly comes unpolished and is susceptible to significant lapses in concentration.
If he is to fulfill the promise which Mauricio Pochettino sees in him, he has to learn from his errors. The red card at Bournemouth wasn’t the first incident this season in which most Spurs fans have been left shaking their heads.
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