Danny Mills has urged Tottenham to send Juan Foyth out on loan rather than allow the defender to leave on a permanent basis.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the 22-year-old has been starved of the first-team he needs to progress to the next level.
Foyth has made just seven appearances this season, three in the Premier League and three in the Champions League, but has featured predominantly as a substitute.
Football Insider understands the Argentina international is to be told to find a new club this summer after Spurs blocked the centre-back’s request for a move in January.
However, Mills has suggested a temporary move would be beneficial for both player and club.
“Foyth needs game time,” he told Football Insider.
“He has done well at international level but he has not played an awful lot at Spurs.
“To improve as a defender you need games, you need to learn your trade and that will not come in training.
“A loan deal might be a good idea for him. I do not think Tottenham should get rid of him on a permanent basis but to get him out there and get him the experience he needs to improve.
“Then he can come back around Christmas or next season a much better player and ready to compete.”
Foyth still has two years remaining on his contract with the Lilywhites having joined from Estudiantes in August 2017.
The emergence of Japhet Tanganga this season has seen the Argentine fall down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho.