Mauricio Pochettino not ready to call Juan Foyth a regular starter

Onefootball Brendan Doherty

Despite a whirlwind month in which the youngster scored his first goal for Spurs and made his senior debut for the Argentina national team, Juan Foyth is not first-choice.


Juan Foyth carried on his run in the starting lineup for Tottenham when they hosted Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday.

The young Argentine succeeded in keeping the Blues off the score-sheet aside from a late consolation goal from Olivier Giroud. In just his third Premier League appearance, Foyth contributed to the solid defensive effort against Chelsea’s arrayed attackers.

After conceding two penalties in his league debut against Wolves and scoring the match-winner against Crystal Palace, the 20-year-old enjoyed a match farther from the headlines.

Dávinson Sánchez is recovery from a groin injury and Jan Vertonghen is not yet match-fit. Pochettino has suggested that Foyth’s playing time may shrink when those two centre backs are back to full fitness.

“Yeah, but always it’s the same. We can’t play with 14 or 15 players from the beginning of the game,” Pochettino said after Tottenham’s victory.

While not discounting his recent achievements, the Spurs boss explained that Foyth is still the team’s fourth centre back behind Sánchez, Vertonghen, and Toby Alderweireld.

“I think for Juan to play another needs to rest or another needs to be out of the team. Of course we trust in all the players but in the same way when we take the decision to put one or another on the pitch it’s because we really believe that they can play well.”

“I think today he was fantastic, maybe a few actions, but it was his third Premier League game and yes a lot of things have happened in the last few months for him. But I think the confidence we have in him and trust is why we put him in to play and I think today it’s about confirming that it’s not about the names on the pitch. It’s about the right attitude.”