Spurs player admits a lack of game time has helped him grow

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Dom Le Roy

Juan Foyth has recently come into the spotlight at Tottenham Hotspur but it hasn’t always been this way.

Foyth arrived at Tottenham from Estudiantes for a reported £8m (BBC) on a five-year contract in August 2017 but has had to wait patiently for his opportunity.

The 20-year-old only managed to make eight appearances for Tottenham last season, which all came in cup competitions.  Despite the fact that fellow central defender Toby Alderweireld was sidelined for long periods of the campaign, Foyth was not selected.

He was heavily linked with a potential loan switch to Leeds United this summer (talkSPORT) under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa, but instead has been given the opportunity to shine at Tottenham and has certainly repaid the faith shown in him by Mauricio Pochettino.

Injuries to Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez have meant that the young Argentine has stepped up to the senior side and made his Premier League debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers where he hit the headlines for giving away two penalties in the 3-2 win.

He has showed his raw potential in every appearance for Spurs this season and has also earlier this month won his first senior international cap for Argentina.

Despite last season’s lack of regular football, Foyth believes that it has been of benefit to him.

After featuring in Tottenham’s 3-1 win against Chelsea, he told ESPN: “I’m very happy because the things that I was hoping for have arrived,”

“Now I can’t slow down for those good things keep coming.

“Last year I played in the cups. I took it very seriously because they were good tournaments and against good rivals, even though some were from lower divisions. They were good rivals and were games where we had to fight a lot.

“I took those games to earn experience in a type of football that I had never played before, and I also used the training sessions with my teammates to adapt as quickly as possible.

“The first year was positive despite playing little because I improved a lot of things. Thank God now I can play a little more.

“I am well, happy to be part of [the team] little by little. Maybe I made some mistakes that I have to correct but that’s something that will always happen.

“I think the team played very well [against Chelsea]. We started by pressing very high. We are very happy because the victory leaves us with a great spirit.”

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