Juan Foyth has admitted that he left Tottenham Hotspur as he felt he was not going to have ‘continuity’ in the starting eleven at the North London club.
Foyth arrived at Spurs from Estudiantes in the summer of 2017 and while he did not get much of a look in during his first season in North London, the Argentine showed real promise when opportunities came his way in the 2018/19 campaign.
However, the 24-year-old saw himself fall down the pecking order after Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino at the helm.
Foyth demonstrated his versatility during a season-long loan spell at Villarreal last season and it did not come as much of a surprise when the La Liga club activated the option to sign him permanently for £12.5m last summer (Marca).
The Argentine international has been a key player for Unai Emery’s side this campaign, demonstrating his versatility by performing impressively at centre-back, right-back and in the defensive midfield.
The defender, along with former Spurs players Etienne Capoue and Serge Aurier, and the on-loan Giovani Lo Celso, booked a place in the semi-final of the Champions League on Tuesday by overcoming Bayern Munich.
Foyth has now spoken of his decision to leave Tottenham, admitting that he felt undeserving of a place in the club’s starting eleven in his final season with the Lilywhites.
He told Onda Cero: “When (Jose Mourinho) arrived I was fine but I had moments when I didn’t deserve to play. I wanted to leave and have more continuity.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I believe that Foyth would have been a very good fit for Conte’s back three but one cannot be too critical of Spurs for selling the Argentine as we were playing a back four at the time and Mourinho had more reliable options at centre-back. I am pleased to see the Argentine fulfilling his potential at El Madrigal as his talent was never in doubt.
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