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Juan Foyth

Discussion in 'Spurs News & Views' started by Jordinho, 30 Aug 2017.

  1. nayenezgani

    nayenezgani Ruel Fox

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    Don't compare him to that camel-faced coke fiend.
     
  2. Jon

    Jon Milija Aleksic

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    SteveAWOL Pat van den Hauwe

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    MKSpur Eidur Gudjohnsen

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    Danishfurniturelover Paul Walsh

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    Scares the crap out of me defensively.

    Takes so long on the ball and seems to get caught out in every game he has played for us.

    Yet I can see something there, just rather he had gone out on loan to iron out those flaws.
     
  6. Glenda's Legs

    Glenda's Legs Justin Edinburgh

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    Deserves a shout-out. He was very good tonight, bar one very shaky moment and I think one slightly less shaky but still worrying moment.
    One of the things I like about him is even when he gets into those tricky situations, he doesn’t seem to panic. I panic. Other people watching panic. But he seems so composed and confident that he can work his way out. Doesn’t always work but I love his composure. Obviously better if he doesn’t get into those situations in the first place but he handles it well. (I need to watch the game again when I get in but didn’t Toby play him into trouble on one occasion? May have that wrong).
    Aside from that, he defends well and has a good eye for a pass. Lots of promise there.
     
  7. Raziel

    Raziel Paul Stalteri

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    He has ability, does dally at times, 5 games at this level (with Jan/Toby close) is probably worth a season on loan
     
  8. papaspur

    papaspur Pascal Chimbonda

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    He reminds me of Chiriches. Occasionally, or maybe more accurately, rarely, Chiriches used to pull off some risky skills in our own penalty box, but most of the time would end up conceding the ball or passing to an opponent. The difference is that Foyth definitely has a bit more talent and ball-skill. Even so, he needs to cut that brick out. As nutty as it is to see him bamboozle players (the one tricky 1v2 situation he did manage to get himself out of was very pleasing on the eye, but I think he gave the ball away right after that), the risk is too high for elite football. He can do it in training, totally fine by me. I honestly wonder whether Poch encourages him to express his creativity 6 feet in front of Lloris, but I'd at least like to see him earn himself the freedom to play like that.

    He's young and will go through ups and downs. The fact Poch even started him in a game like this says a lot about his confidence in Foyth, but then again Poch could've done this because Trippier has been out of form lately and Aurier seems to perform best with 3 CBs, in addition to Vertonghen having to fill in for WB. I'm thinking Pochettino will go with the same formation on the away leg.

    I guess we'll have to wait for the next match :(
     
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  9. Gazza Dazzla

    Gazza Dazzla Mitchell Thomas

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    Could do with just releasing it a bit earlier, but on the whole I thought he had yet another good game.

    I remember the mighty Jan being caught in possession a few times when he first played for us as well, it happens.
     
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    Glenda's Legs Justin Edinburgh

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    glorygloryeze Paul Robinson

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    Made me very scared in the first half but, like the team, boy did he step up in the second-half.

    Payed back what i thought seeing the line-up was blind faith:eek::oops:

    Immense game in the end.
     
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  12. AuroRaman

    AuroRaman Ruel Fox

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    My mate made a good comparison with Foyth and an early John Stones tonight. There’s a hell of a player there but needs to get more urgency and safe defending (hoof it out) into his game.


    Sitting on my porcelain throne using Tapatalk
     
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    FatBloke Steven Caulker

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    When to skill it out, when to hoof. Hopefully it'll come.
     
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  14. SteveAWOL

    SteveAWOL Pat van den Hauwe

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    I guess as Foyth started out his career as an attacking midfielder it’s just his natural instinct to try and work the ball forward and perhaps he’ll become our Dembele heir in years to come!
     
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    alekaras Young-Pyo Lee

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    Defensively he's very good for his age. He reads the game very well. It's when he has the ball at his feet that I worry sometimes. He's a bit too confident of his ability, but that's a good thing and his decision making will improve.
     
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    afsoc4life Alan Hutton

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    I have no worries with him. He needs more game time.
     
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    glasgowspur Simon Davies

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    Love this guy.
     
  18. braineclipse

    braineclipse Andy Thompson

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    Completely disagree that he should iron that out whilst out on loan. He should learn under Pochettino and our coaches, doing what we need him to do playing our style of football.

    Pochettino praised his bravery. I think that (from all our players) was very important in that second half. If we didn't bravely play through pressure as we did I think we would have seen a very different second half.

    Needs to work on his decision making. But I think that will come with more games and experience. I'd much rather have someone a bit over ambitious on the ball with real quality than someone who takes the easy way out because they don't have that quality.

    I think he's shown enough to step up one notch in the squad should Alderweireld leave come the summer (Vertonghen and Sanchez first choice in a back four, Foyth as the first backup or first choice in a back three).
     
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    nayimfromthehalfwayline Les Ferdinand

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    I think he is awesome. And much like Sanchez and Winks before him, I am more than willing to accept errors that happen because it is clear he is going to be incredible and that playing in this team will get him there.

    And, lets be honest, while he had a couple of iffy moments, he didnt actually cause us any problems and he was otherwise VERY good.

    Brilliant player, one that always makes my day when he is on the teamsheet.
     
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    nayimfromthehalfwayline Les Ferdinand

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    The scar on Juan Foyth's right cheek sums up the young Tottenham Hotspur defender.

    The Argentine, who turned 21 last month, wears the thin line on his cheek like a badge of honour.

    It was earned in November after his first national squad call-up, colliding with team-mate Walter Kannemann during one of his early training sessions with the group.

    There were fears that Foyth would miss out on making his debut against Mexico that week. He wasn't having any of it, insisting he would stay with the group. The gash was stitched up, he started against Mexico and was presented with the man of the match award at the final whistle.

    That is Foyth in a nutshell. He tackles every challenge with gusto and a little bit of flair on top.

    On Friday afternoon, the young centre-back was facing a challenge more terrifying than any opponent's flailing elbow - a school assembly hall full of 200 children.

    Used to playing in front of thousands, Foyth was still nervous as he stepped into the large hall at Chestnuts Primary School in Tottenham, worried about pleasing his young audience and concerned about his grasp of the English language.

    He needn't have worried. Foyth's command of the English language is much better than he gives himself credit for, only using a translator when he wants to really make sure his point gets across.

    He's a bright, always smiling young man who soon had the room full of youngsters cheering at his crowd-pleasing answers to their varied and testing questions.

    He also helped staff from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation deliver a PE lesson for a class of children afterwards, as part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme, before teaching another group some choice Spanish phrases and words.

    What quickly becomes clear when witnessing him up close is that Foyth relishes adapting to new situations. It's that versatility that his manager Mauricio Pochettino craves in his players.

    Adaptability could be Foyth's mantra, whether it's adapting to a new country, a new league, a new manager, a new culture and even a new position.

    For those who find his ability to dribble and his skill on the ball remarkable for a towering and slightly gangly centre-back, it's because Foyth was an attacking midfielder back home in Argentina until as late as 16-years-old.

    It was Martin Gaimaro, the head coach of Estudiantes' U16s, who realised that the rapidly-growing young academy star had all the attributes to become a star at the back.

    "I started playing as an attacking midfielder but as time went by I grew taller, because I had been quite short, and maybe I lost a bit of the dribbling ability I had, and that’s why gradually I was moved to a defensive midfielder and then I ended up as a central defender when I was 16. It's late no?" he asked football.london.

    "In the moment I was happy because when we played small-sized games I always said ‘I’m Rio Ferdinand’.

    "When I started to play there it was hard because I didn't touch the ball too much, but after a few games it was normal and I enjoyed it."

    Foyth's marauding, slaloming runs from the back have already quickly become a trademark element of his performances so far in a Tottenham shirt.

    Does his past as an attacking midfielder give him a different insight when it comes to understanding his opponents?

    “Maybe yes," he thought. "Maybe it also gives me a bit more confidence on the ball, but the problem is when I play in midfield I want to take the ball every time so maybe I have to be careful."

    Foyth's love of both defensive and attacking football is showcased in his wide spectrum of football idols.

    "I looked up to [Ferdinand] very much. I used to like his physical strength. Another player I used to watch a lot was Lucio at Bayern Munich – I paid attention to his style," he said.

    "But when I was young, Kaka was my idol because I played a bit more forward and he played in the same position. I watched the games he played for Milan against Boca Juniors [in 2007's Club World Cup final and in 2003 in the competition's predecessor The Toyota Cup].

    "It’s true that it's unusual for Argentinians to idolise Brazilians, but I liked their style and personality."

    In the end though it was an Argentine who would decide the next chapter in Foyth's career.

    The young defender had only just broken into Estudiantes' first team and played a handful of matches towards the end of the 2016/17 season when both PSG and Tottenham bid for his signature and sparked a summer long battle for his services.

    Word had spread quickly about the then teenage centre-back who had played at the U20 World Cup and the French giants looked to have tied up a deal for him.

    However a phone conversation with Pochettino left Foyth in no doubt about his destination.

    "I had the chance to talk to Mauricio and he told me I had very good features but that he was going to improve that, and so far I’m learning, slowly, but I have great support," admitted Foyth.

    “More than anything I decided on Tottenham because there was an Argentinian manager, and also the coaching team was from Argentina – or they can speak Spanish. Then also because it was a club that supported young players a lot.

    "Another reason that influenced my decision was because the manager was a defender as well so he might have very good recommendations and advice to give me. I think I've improved physically but there’s still room for improvement."

    He explained further: "The game in Argentina is quite physical as well but maybe a bit more disorganised so when you come over here, if physically your body is not quite ready for it you really feel the difference.

    "I think I've improved in my skills as a defender because I haven't been playing as a defender very long. That area is improving every day."

    Settling into life in England was the next challenge Foyth had to take on and his move from Argentina came with one cost, fragmenting his close-knit family as they looked to support both him and his sister Karen in their endeavours.

    Even his fiancée Ariana - Foyth proposed to her last month - has to spend much of her time in their homeland.

    "My family is mostly in Argentina. My dad is here supporting me and helping me with all things so I can just play football," explained the Spurs defender.

    "It’s what I wanted and it’s my dream so he helps me with a lot of things.

    "I’m engaged now but all my family and my girlfriend are still living in Argentina. My sister studies there, my mum has now finished work but my girlfriend is studying as well. Next year my girlfriend, I think she will come."

    Foyth once admitted that arriving at Spurs in the summer of 2017 was nerve-wracking because his only previous experience of the club's stars had been playing FIFA as them on his games console.
     

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