Juan Foyth’s last performance was one he will desperately want to forget.
Foyth started for Spurs at Norwich City on December 28, but he was pulled by Jose Mourinho at halftime. The young center back was all over the place. With the ball at his feet in the 18th minute, Foyth rushed out of position and lost possession, allowing the Canaries to attack and score on a wide-open Spurs defense.
Jose Mourinho may now have already seen enough of the youngster. According to Claudio Curti, Foyth’s agent, the defender could leave the club on loan this month.
Curti spoke to Inter Dipendenza about the possibility of a move for his client.
“We are evaluating the possibility of going out in the January market. We wait for this week to find clarity with Tottenham.”
There had been reports around a month ago that Foyth “preferred” a transfer in January if his playing time didn’t see an increase, but this doesn’t seem to be his choice anymore. It’s now up to Spurs (aka Mourinho) to decide if Foyth will be part of his plans for the rest of this season.
Tottenham’s defending has improved a little bit since Mourinho took over from Mauricio Pochettino in November, but not nearly enough. Spurs still lack the defensive backbone that they need to really push back up the table. The Lilywhites haven’t kept a clean sheet since a 5-0 win over Burnley back on December 7.
Spurs could opt to buy another defender in January, but that’s probably unlikely, given the club’s transfer history and its obvious needs at other positions.
Still, it’s also unlikely that Foyth would be providing the stability at the back that the team needs right now. The 21-year-old is an exciting player with flair and skill on the ball, but that can be a dangerous trait for a defender to have. At the moment, Foyth is way too prone to mistakes to be a part of a stable Premier League back line.
Some have suggested that Foyth’s future lies in midfield, or at fullback, but Mourinho has, thus far, been hesitant to take part in those experiments.
Foyth joined Tottenham from Estudiantes in 2017 in a deal worth around £11.7 million. At best, he has appeared sparingly in the side, under both Pochettino and Mourinho.
A loan could be what Foyth needs to gain experience at a high level. It could also be a sign that the club has given up on him and will eventually move on from the player permanently.
We’re already nine days into January, so this situation will have to resolve itself relatively soon.