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Darren Bent has urged Mauricio Pochettino to play Juan Foyth regularly for Tottenham Hotspur, per Football Insider.
Spurs drew 1-1 with Sheffield United on Saturday and are currently marooned in the bottom half of the table, a massive 11 points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.
And Bent believes that the young Argentina international, who has made just two Premier League appearances this season totalling 20 minutes, could be “the one” to fix the club’s defensive woes.
Spurs have kept just one clean sheet in the top-flight this term, when they beat Crystal Palace 4-0 in September.
Asked if 21-year-old Foyth should be given a bigger role, Bent said: “Yeah potentially, potentially he could be the one.
“I think he could be the one because at the minute Spurs don’t look solid at all and they need some sort of stability in order to be a solid team that is hard to play against.
“Yeah we know going forward, he is a little bit limited, but he can defend so for me, I’d probably go with him for a little bit.”
Spurs have made a few changes in recent times and played Eric Dier at centre-back against the Blades on Saturday.
Introducing Foyth wouldn’t be a bad thing at all.
As it is, they have Serge Aurier as their senior right-back and, thus far this season, he’s endured a difficult time.
He was sent off against Southampton and also conceded the penalty that led to Liverpool’s winning goal at Anfield. While he can be a good attacking weapon – he averages 1.3 key passes per game – competition can only be healthy.
Bringing Foyth in – he was earmarked as the replacement to Kieran Trippier after the England international was sold to Atletico Madrid – would be something of a rocket to the Ivorian and would show that his place is not secure.
It would then be down to the former PSG man to do something about it and show some consistency whenever he is brought into the first-team.
Adding the young defender to the mix could well add some solidity and have the added benefit of sharpening Aurier’s focus.
For that reason alone, Pochettino should heed Bent’s words.