Leeds United will face stiff competition for one of their mooted transfer targets this summer but maybe it’s time for them to move on…
Earlier this month, The Sun reported that Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has put central defender Juan Foyth on the chopping block and the Yorkshire giants are one of the sides that appear keen on signing him.
And this week, Spanish outlet AS, Unai Emery’s Villarreal are now also interested in signing him.
It’s thought that Tottenham value the Argentina international at around £15m, although there have been conflicting reports suggesting that the north Londoners would only want a temporary loan exit.
Victor Orta has already secured the signing of Robin Koch whilst transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claims Leeds are closing in on another centre-back addition in on Josko Gvardiol from Dinamo Zagreb.
Therefore a move for Foyth would now seem like a disaster in terms of team selection, so he’s better off joining a different club.
The 22-year-old is a regular for the national side, having featured ten times across the past two years, but he has been unable to break into the Spurs first-team.
Mauricio Pochettino signed him as a hugely promising ball-playing defender, though this style has often led to many a mistake. It’s no wonder he’s been likened to John Stones, who very much feels similar pressure in Pep Guardiola’s Man City system.
You’d have to wonder if he could cope with Bielsa’s tactics as a result.
Back in 2019, former Leeds talisman Chris Wood ran Foyth ragged, causing all sorts of problems as Burnley defeated Spurs 2-1 – per SofaScore, the colossal striker netted one goal and won six aerials whilst the Argentine was hauled off during the second-half following a shocking display as he lost possession 17 times.
His old Spurs boss lauded him in the past for being “so clever,” “quality” and someone who has “lots of potential” yet it just hasn’t quite worked out whatsoever.
Orta must steer clear of the centre-back this summer.
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