Juan Foyth opens up on nervous start to Spurs career

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have always been famed for bringing through young players, and that has only increased under Mauricio Pochettino.

One of the latest youngsters to be given a chance in the first team this season has been Argentinian Juan Foyth.

Foyth was drafted in largely due to injuries to the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier, and Davinson Sanchez, but made a name for himself during his time in the starting eleven.

At the start of the season, the 20-year-old had rarely been used by Poch, and had even been left out of the Champions League squad.

After a nervy start, giving away two penalties away to Wolves, Foyth quickly bedded in, picking up man of the match awards and even scoring the winner at Crystal Palace.

Foyth is set to start tomorrow night in the FA Cup against Tranmere, with Pochettino likely to rest Toby Alderweireld.

The young Argentinian has now opened up on his nervous start at Tottenham.

Foyth said in the match day programme (reported by Football London): “It’s been a really good first 16 months for me. I’m really happy to be here. The staff and my team-mates are good people so I’ve been enjoying every day, every moment I have here.

“I’m here because this is a big club. We have a lot of strong players and the staff have great plans for every players – that was a big factor in why I signed for Spurs.

“When I arrived I was very nervous because one day I was playing FIFA at home and the next I was training with the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli, so it was a big change for me.

“My new team-mates have had a big impact though and they helped me a lot. I might have been nervous initially, but they received me well which gave me a lot of confidence and meant I could enjoy my time.

“My family also helped me a lot in the move. My dad, for example, is still living with me here so he had helped me massively. The rest of my family comes across to England to see me quite often so that’s really great as well.

“So moving here was a great moment for me. Playing in the Premier League was always my dream so to get the chance to come here was great.

“I think I was a different player at that time to what I am now. I wasn’t really fully prepared to play in the Premier League back then but after training extensively with players like Davinson, Jan and Toby [Alderweireld] and against such quality forward players that we have here, I think I have learned a lot in that time.

“The last few months have been incredible for me. I’ve really enjoyed it recently, but I can’t stop. I have to keep working and keep improving every day.

“I think I have improved a lot in the time I have been here. It was a good decision I feel, to come here. I’ve got a great bond with my team-mates and I’m enjoying every moment here.”


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