Earlier this month, Tottenham Hotspur confirmed the permanent departure of 23-year-old Juan Foyth after Villareal exercised the option to buy clause, which is estimated to have cost around £13.5 million (Transfermarkt).
His exit was not received well by a number of fans, who felt that he could have become a very dependable member of the first-team squad for his versatility, while others believed he was our strongest right-back option.
However, I am here to assure you that Spurs have not made a mistake in selling him.
Here is why…
Juan Foyth joined Tottenham in 2017 after only having completed one season of professional football with Estudiantes. Clearly, the club had seen enough and wanted him at Tottenham Hotspur.
He arrived with bags of potential and lots of raw talent but clearly never developed that much during his time here.
Despite his promise, Foyth was forced to play a bit-part role at the club and rarely got a start – most of them came in cup competitions.
Nonetheless, Pochettino still saw him fit to be involved in the first-team squad and this is where Tottenham made their first mistake with the Argentinian.
I believe it could have been beneficial for Foyth to go out on loan the summer that he had signed for the club, particularly in such a delicate stage of his career being just 19 years old.
Now, ultimately, Foyth has missed out on years of consistent game time and has not improved enough, leading to his departure.
This does not mean that Foyth will never be a good player, considering he is still only 23, but I think he will never reach the heights that people expected him to when he signed for our club.
In 2019/20, whenever Foyth was handed an opportunity by Mourinho, he was rather underwhelming, his poor performance in the 2-2 draw with Norwich springs to mind, which incidentally turned out to be his last appearance for the club.
Clearly, Mourinho had seen enough. Of course, he had watched him play nearly every day for a year and as we know, Mourinho knows what a top-class centre back looks like.
The good thing is that his sale paves the way for a better player, with much more ability to come into the club. This is merely the beginning of an extensive rebuild for Spurs.
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