Towards the end of the summer transfer window, Tottenham Hotspur acquired the signature of young Argentine Juan Foyth.
The 19-year-old center-back signed from Argentinian side Estudiantes de la Plata for a fee around 8 million pounds.
Foyth was a bright spot for Argentina during their abysmal U-20 World Cup campaign.
While he is a Spurs player now, negotiations stalled at times. At one point during the summer, it looked like he was heading to PSG, but after a conversation with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, he chose North London over Paris.
Foyth commented on Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham’s youth project:
“It’s a club that bets on the young and I think I’m going to have a chance to play….I also spoke with Mauricio Pochettino and I liked what he said. It was what helped me decide that Tottenham was the right place to continue my career.
Juan Foyth has the skill set of the modern day defender. He reads the game well, good with the ball at his feet, and has confidence.
— Carlo Valladares (@C_V_News) August 30, 2017
The only deficiency in his game is his size. Weighing at only 152 pounds, he will need to gain weight if he is to compete against the best attackers in the Premier League.
At Spurs, he will have the opportunity to learn from one of the best center-back tandems in the league, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.
While Foyth will be training with the first team, his signing might dictate the future of another center-back, Cameron Carter-Vickers.
The 19-year-old American international has been in and out of the Spurs first team the last two seasons.
After failing to break into the squad, he’s been sent out on loan to Championship side Sheffield United after he signed a new contract until 2020.
Carter-Vickers is a different player to Foyth. He’s not as good with the ball at his feet and doesn’t have the same technical ability as the young Argentine.
With the signing of Foyth, could this mean the end of Carter-Vickers at Spurs?
Pochettino has a ruthless policy when it comes to loans. The majority of players who are sent out on loan get sold right after.
The reason is that Pochettino believes that he is the best coach for youth players at Spurs and he would rather not loan a player to an inferior league with inferior coaching.
Maybe he signed a new deal to make his transfer fee higher? We will only know after this season.