Juan Foyth has spoken about his role change as a defensive midfielder for Villarreal when they travelled to SD Leioa for the Copa del Rey first-round clash on Wednesday night.
The Argentina international completed a season-long loan move to the Spanish club on European transfer deadline day, with the Yellow Submarine reportedly having the option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.
Good move for Juan Foyth. A pay rise which Villarreal will pay for this season and then an option next summer to move permanently if he and the Spanish club want. If he or they don’t take that then Spurs have protected his value as he’ll have two years left on his deal.
— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) October 4, 2020
The defender has made an impressive start to his spell with Unai Emery’s side, being predominantly employed as a centre-back and right-back by the former Arsenal boss, the two positions that he has featured in most often for both club and country.
With Villarreal facing injuries to key players in midfield ahead of their trip to Leioa, Emery started the Tottenham loanee as a sweeper in front of the back four.
The 22-year-old produced an accomplished display as his side ran out 6-0 winners and admitted after the game that he enjoyed the change of role.
Foyth told El Desmarque: “Replacing (Vicente) Iborra or (Francois) Coquelin is complicated because they are two high-level players, but the coach – Unai Emery – explained well what he wanted from me and what I had to do.”
“With the help of my teammates, everything was easier.”
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Many Spurs fans did want to see Foyth given a go in midfield due to his ability on the ball. However, I believe that his future lies at right-back or as a right-sided central defender (in a back three) as those are the positions where his ball-carrying ability, as well as his one vs one defensive ability, can be used optimally.
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