‘We need him to play’ – International manager shoots warning to Spurs player

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Argentina manager, Lionel Scaloni, has warned Juan Foyth that he needs to be playing first-team games when discussing the right-back’s future with the national side.

Foyth was one of three Spurs stars to be part of Argentina’s Copa America squad last summer along with Giovani Lo Celso (who was still at Real Betis) and Paulo Gazzaniga, with Erik Lamela missing out.

Foyth played almost every game in the tournament and flourished as a right-back as La Albiceleste managed a respectable third-place finish.

It was expected that the defender would kick on at Spurs this season and compete with Serge Aurier for the right-back spot after Kieran Tripper was sold. However, an injury suffered in pre-season proved to be a major set back for the 22-year-old.

The youngster has hardly got a look in since Jose Mourinho arrived in North London and recent reports indicate that he may leave the club in the summer (Football Insider).

Scaloni revealed that former Argentina boss, Alejandro Sabella, was a fan of using the Spurs man at right-back but he admitted that Foyth needed to be playing games.

He said in an interview with Ole (as relayed by Sport Witness): “When Sabella came to the venue it was exciting, he told us that he liked the decision to put Foyth in that position.

“Since Mourinho arrived, Foyth hasn’t played at Tottenham, he had pubalgia. We need him to play, he’s very interesting because he’s fast, strong, technically good.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Foyth certainly has an abundance of talent and is destined to have a great career, although I don’t believe it is likely to be as a central defender in a back four. However, it is clear that we have to sell some of our deadwood in order to raise some transfer funds this summer and I expect Foyth to be one of the ones sacrificed, along with the likes of Danny Rose and Kyle Walker-Peters.

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