Tottenham Hotspur may forever regret letting Juan Foyth depart north London on a permanent basis as his stock continues to rise in Spain.
After winning the Europa League with LaLiga outfit Villarreal last season, the Argentine defender has once again played a key role under former Arsenal boss Unai Emery, helping guide the Yellow Submarines to an impressive semi-final run in the Champions League.
The 24-year-old was sold by chairman Daniel Levy and co for a measly £13m in the summer and with Spurs’ differing defensive issues throughout the campaign, that is now looking to be a costly – and gutting – mistake.
Due to a lack of quality options, manager Antonio Conte has often turned to full-back Ben Davies to line up in his back three, alongside Eric Dier and Cristian Romero, whilst injuries and inconsistencies at right-back saw the position emerge as something of a priority in January amid links to Wolves’ Adama Traore.
Foyth is now merely one game away from another Champions League final. Meanwhile, Spurs will be looking at what went wrong in their recent defeat to Brighton, which has put their quest for a top-four finish in jeopardy.
Alongside other Premier League and Lilywhites rejects, Giovani Lo Celso and Etienne Capoue, the £25m-rated colossus – who is capable of playing centrally and out on the right – ranks as Emery’s fourth-best performer in the Spanish top-flight and his sixth-best in UEFA’s elite tournament, as per WhoScored.
He is averaging a whopping 3.4 tackles per game, as well as 1.6 headers won and two clearances per outing across the two competitions. Foyth also surpasses the 80% accuracy mark in terms of passing, too.
Spanish press has regularly waxed lyrical about the Argentine’s performances this season and as a player that Mauricio Pochettino is claimed to have “loved” by Sky Sports reporter Lyall Thomas, it appears that Spurs may have let the 6 foot 2 titan leave prematurely.
Heading into the 2020/21 campaign, there was a serious chance at Foyth, who was dubbed a “fantastic talent” by ex-Goal editor James Dickens, was going to emerge as the first-choice right-back under his fellow countryman but an injury quickly curtailed that and by the time he was fit, Pochettino was sacked and Jose Mourinho was in charge.
With a Europa League winners’ medal around his neck and a UCL semi-final soon on the horizon, it appears that Foyth is certainly thriving away from the Lilywhites.
They could well live to rue this ghastly decision forever, thanks to Levy and co incorporating an option-to-buy in his loan to the Yellow Submarines.