Paul Robinson has claimed that Juan Foyth has no future at Tottenham Hotspur despite impressing on loan at Villarreal this season.
Foyth seemed to progress every season since arriving at Tottenham in the summer of 2017 and it appeared as if he could be set to stake a claim for a first-team spot last season after putting in mature displays at right-back for Argentina in the 2019 Copa America.
However, last season proved to be a difficult season for the defender after he picked up an injury in pre-season that saw him miss the first few months of the campaign.
Mauricio Pochettino, the manager who brought him to Spurs, was sacked just a couple of months into the season and the 23-year-old did not get too many opportunities to prove himself after the arrival of Jose Mourinho.
Foyth was loaned out to Villarreal in the summer and although he has proven his quality and versatility for Unai Emery’s side, being deployed several times in midfield, Spanish journalist Paco Polit claimed recently that he does not expect the La Liga side to activate the £13.6m option to buy the defender permanently at the end of the season.
Robinson believes that Foyth is not likely to break into the Tottenham side should he return to North London next season since the Lilywhites have progressed significantly under Mourinho.
The former Tottenham number one told Football Insider: “Foyth is a player that I really like.
“When he came in last season he showed great defensive qualities but I think Spurs have got much more strength in depth now.
“I do not see him coming back and making any claims for a starting place.
“Spurs are on another level now. You have to be world-class to get in the starting eleven, even the squad. Would he fit into that? I do not think so.”
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It does not seem like Mourinho rates Foyth highly which is not surprising given his preference for physically strong and aerially dominant centre-halves. I suspect the Argentine will be sold in the summer to raise some transfer funds even if Villarreal do not show interest in signing him permanently.
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