Ex-Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has backed his former club to return for Juan Foyth’s signature in the coming months after the Championship side reportedly tried in vain to sign the Spurs star on loan last summer.
Foyth has had a disappointing season in North London and has been one of the players who has been affected the most by Mauricio Pochettino’s departure, having had limited opportunities since Jose Mourinho’s arrival.
Reports have indicated that Marcelo Bielsa wants to sign the young defender this summer if Leeds win promotion back to the Premier League (Football Insider).
However, the Elland Road outfit have a massive battle on their hand if they wish to land the Spurs man with the likes of Barcelona (Mirror) and Sampdoria (Calcio Mercato) said to be keen on acquiring his services.
Spurs are said to be demanding around £10million to part with the 23-year-old this summer.
Whelan is convinced Foyth is exactly what Leeds need and has backed Bielsa to bring the Argentine to Elland Road.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “Foyth from Tottenham, Bielsa and Pochettino both were asking and talking about him at the time to try get him on loan.
“At the time I think Tottenham needed him because of their right-back situation, suspensions and injuries to their centre-halves, because they started playing three at the back halfway through the season, he was required there.
“He’s someone that Marcelo Bielsa has asked about on numerous occasions so that does not surprise me. As cover, we don’t have enough centre-half cover. If Berardi goes, we’re going to need a player like that and he’s got Premiership experience.
“He’s the right age too, 22, still got time and the best years of his football ahead of him. It would be a good time to nail that player down to Leeds United, he can only get better under Bielsa and at Leeds. Would be a great signing.”
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I would prefer us to loan Foyth out to Leeds United as Bielsa’s style of play will suit the 23-year-old and he will evolve as a defender the more experience he has under his belt. However, we need to raise money to fund moves for out targets and so I expect the Argentine to be sacrificed this summer.
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