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According to Argentine media outlet Golazo, Tottenham Hotspur defender Juan Foyth looks set to start at right-back for his country against Germany on Wednesday, and it gives Spurs the perfect opportunity to see if he is the answer to their right-back ordeal.
Expected @Argentina XI to play Germany tomorrow
Marchesín; Foyth, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico; Pereyra, Paredes, De Paul, Ángel Correa; Dybala, Lautaro Martínez pic.twitter.com/8spsy0nNpJ
— GOLAZO (@golazoargentino) October 8, 2019
The Guardian reported following his injury in the Audi Cup during the summer that he had been earmarked as a potential Kieran Trippier replacement this season, but that issue has meant he hasn’t had the chance to try and prove himself yet.
Quite unbelievably, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has already used four separate players in the position already this term, and we’re only at the start of October.
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Kyle Walker-Peters started the campaign in the starting XI before an injury saw him initially replaced by Davinson Sanchez against Arsenal at the Emirates, and the latter’s performance didn’t go without criticism from fans, while supporters didn’t want the fit-again former to start against Brighton.
Following that failed experiment, Serge Aurier was given his opportunity against Crystal Palace, and looked to have taken it having had a hand in two goals in a comprehensive 4-0 victory.
However, a first half red card against Southampton and a horror show against Bayern Munich that saw him receive a 2/10 rating from Football London have left him in a precarious situation, with The Times reporting Pochettino is keen to move him on in January.
Aurier’s absence and subsequent suspension has even seen midfielder Moussa Sissoko appear there across two of the north London outfit’s previous three fixtures, with varying degrees of success – he was praised by his manager for standing in for the dismissed Ivorian against Southampton, but only received a 4/10 rating from Football London for his display against Brighton at the weekend.
It is clearly a problem position for Tottenham, and the fact that 21-year-old Foyth looks set to start in the role for his country is certainly a timely boost – as long as he performs well that is.
The good thing for Pochettino is that the Argentine youngster will be coming up some top opposition in Germany, so it is a real chance to see how he copes and whether he has a future for Spurs at right-back.
Spurs fans will certainly have their fingers crossed given what they have witnessed so far this season.