20-year-old centre-back Juan Foyth is in line for his Tottenham debut on Sunday in the final game of the Premier League season and Mauricio Pochettino would be missing a huge trick if he keeps him on the sidelines.
In Friday’s press conference, Pochettino said he was “tempted” to give the youngster his Premier League debut.
As quoted on Football.London, Poch said: “I think Juan Foyth deserves to play and he is doing fantastic and I will repeat that so maybe, I am thinking, maybe it is is not crazy to see a player like him or Kyle Walker-Peters in the starting XI.”
However, he also said that he wants to secure third place and they need to beat Leicester to do that – and the former Premier League champions enjoyed a rare uptick in form when they beat 10-man Arsenal midweek.
Tottenham also payed on Wednesday, when they beat Newcastle 1-0, and Jan Vertonghen in particular looked gassed.
He should be given a rest, and with the future of Toby Alderweireld looking bleak, that could mean a first taste of the Premier League for the man Pochettino is a big fan of. Enough to pay £12million for him last summer and still not play him in the league.
He has made eight appearances in other competitions and looked a bit raw, but this is the perfect opportunity to give him a taste of what it’s like to play against players of the calibre of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, with maybe an easier tempo to the game and not as much bite to the tackles.
Foyth is expected to be introduced to the first team next season, so why not do that with a taste of the Premier League under his belt?
Why risk Vertonghen when Tottenham’s season is already done and dusted?
These will be the questions on everyone’s lips if Foyth isn’t in the starting line-up on Sunday.
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