Once a highly prized young player under Mauricio Pochettino, Foyth made some high-profile blunders under Jose Mourinho and very quickly fell down the pecking order once Mou took charge. Now, it’s looking like his future in football is probably elsewhere, with the player frustrated and looking for either additional minutes, or a ticket out of north London.
His agent, Claudio Curti, doesn’t think it’s very likely Foyth sticks around either, as he told TalkSPORT recently when asked about his client’s future.
“For what has happened in recent times, we don’t think [he has a future at Tottenham]. But we still have a pending talk with Tottenham to clarify the future.
“We don’t judge the coach’s decisions and we don’t get involved in his job, but what’s clear is that the club’s project with Juan has changed. We have a pending chat with Tottenham and for sure the topic will come up. If he can’t have minutes in Tottenham we will have to look at the best options for him to develop and play anywhere else.
“Juan is grateful to Tottenham, but he needs to have more minutes to grow as a player and he also needs to hold his place in the national team. The only way to do that is to compete. Surely he is not happy, but he is a professional, and he will finish the season in the best way.”
This is one of the unfortunate, but ultimately unsurprising ripple effects from sacking Mauricio Pochettino and hiring Jose Mourinho. Foyth is a young defender, and has a very unique skill set — he’s great with the ball at his feet and has pretty incredible tackle numbers, but is an aggressive player and is prone to some pretty spectacular errors in the box. These mistakes aren’t common, but they’re pretty impactful when they do happen. The best comparison for Foyth is probably David Luiz, and if you recall Luiz didn’t have the best relationship with Mourinho at Chelsea either.
Foyth is a high risk young player with spectacular upside, but the consequence of that is that he needs to be allowed to play and make mistakes in order to improve. Mourinho clearly doesn’t seem willing to give him those opportunities anymore, so he’s likely out the door.
The good news is that Spurs should be able to attract a good amount of interest in Foyth and command a pretty good transfer fee, whatever a “good transfer fee” means in this post-COVID financial hellscape. Barcelona has apparently been sniffing around this young Juan and they’re probably not the only one giving him glances.
I’d be willing to bet that by the time the 2020-21 season starts, whenever that is, Foyth will be wearing a different kit. It’s a shame that it’s probably not going to work out for him at Tottenham.