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Juan Foyth enjoyed a solid outing at right-back as Argentina lost 2-0 to Brazil in the Copa America semi-final earlier this week.
Normally deployed as a centre-back under Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur, Foyth played 90 minutes at full-back as Argentina failed to seal their progression to the final.
While his side lost, the defender turned in a rugged showing, marking Everton Ribeiro and effectively limiting the left winger, who failed to have a single shot on goal, per WhoScored.
Foyth, incredibly, completed five dribbles throughout the 90 minutes; only Lionel Messi completed more.
He also won three tackles and made two clearances, while he also notched a key pass.
In terms of his passing, he racked up a completion rate of 93% from 27 total passes.
Still just 21, Foyth was booked, but his performance speaks to the remarkable ceiling he appears to have.
Foyth has played at right-back for Spurs but it has always appeared to be an experiment.
He has only been deployed there in the Premier League twice, against Manchester City and West Ham United, but he could well be an option in the role on a regular basis now.
Indeed, Kieran Trippier has been heavily linked with a departure from the club; if he leaves, they would be left with just Serge Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters.
Foyth’s versatility, then, is likely to endear him to his manager in north London, and it adds an extra tactical dimension to Spurs’ backline.
That can only be a good thing.