By Harvey Byrne
Estudiantes’ Under-16s coach Martin Gaimaro has claimed young centre-back and Tottenham summer signing Juan Foyth has the desire to go all the way.
The 19-year-old made the switch to north London on August 30 from home country Argentina and Estudiantes after playing in six senior matches.
He was handed a five-year contract after agreeing to sign for Tottenham, but there is still little known of the teenage centre-back outside of Argentina with his appearances for Spurs so far being limited to the bench.
However, Gaimaro, who coached him in the Estudiantes youth ranks has given a very positive reference on the youngster, stating his personality can help him become a star alongside his natural talent.
“When we began working on coaching him in that position [central defence], we obviously concentrated on the aspects of the game that it requires. But above everything we taught Juan, I always emphasise his will, and his desire to learn and perfect himself,” told Gaimaro, as quoted by the FourFourTwo website.
“I saw that he had many qualities to play in central defence, and he also had the physical qualities – tall, skinny and fast.
“He is very good technically, to be able to play that first pass and provide a good option out of defence, but also has a personality that is unique.
“Juan is calm, with the maturity of an older player – and that calmness is great on the pitch when things are chaotic. It allows a player to make very good decisions, but Juan also has a love for the game and a desire to win.
“These characteristics are not taught in football – they are his own, and it was these that we were watching and thinking his future was as a central defender.”
Alongside Foyth Tottenham also added young centre-back Davinson Sanchez to their side from Dutch club Ajax for a club record that could rise as high as £42million.
That means Foyth may struggle for game time in his first few years at the club with both Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen in the side.
But, supporters will certainly be hoping Foyth can become a big part of the club’s future.
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