“He’s so brave” – Poch reveals why he loves Spurs defender

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham defender Juan Foyth didn’t have too many opportunities to feature for the first team in his first season in North London.

When he was left out of Spurs’ Champions League squad at the beginning for this season in order to comply with the homegrown player rule, most Spurs fans were not surprised at the decision.

However, the 21-year-old Argentinean has featured multiple times for the team this season in the Premier League and domestic cup competitions and has put in some great performances. He was brought back into the Champions League squad after Spurs let go of Mousa Dembele and Georges Kevin Nkoudou in January.

To people’s surprise, Foyth was brought straight into the team for the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 tie against Borussia Dortmund, and the youngster certainly disappoint. While he did have a few nervy moments where he gave the ball away trying to play out from the back, he grew into the game as it went on.

Speaking after the match Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino praised Foyth for his bravery in playing out from the back.

Speaking to Football.London, the 46-year-old said, “Of course he (Foyth) still needs to improve and learn. He’s so brave, braver than you expect, braver than the people expect.

“The first action was unbelievable, the people were pushing him and then he made a few mistakes because he wanted to play. But I prefer that players who make mistakes trying to play.

“I was a completely different type of centre back, not with his quality. I love the players taking risks and are brave like he is.”

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