Date: 17th July 2019 at 5:45pm
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With Mauricio Pochettino open to the idea of not signing a replacement for Kieran Trippier, Tottenham could go into next season with Kyle Walker-Peters, Serge Aurier and Juan Foyth to choose from at right-back. According to David Hytner and Fabrizio Romano of the Guardian, Pochettino is ‘confident’ of turning Foyth into a natural right-back.

As per Transfermarkt, The 21-year-old started in the makeshift role on a handful of occasions last season – against Manchester City (Premier League) on April 20, West Ham (Premier League) on April 27 and Ajax (Champions League) on April 30. Foyth was used as a right-back for Argentina as the national team reached the semi-finals of this summer’s Copa America too.

The young defender racked up more minutes (888) than Aurier (563) and Walker-Peters (374) in the Premier League last season and might be in pole position to replace Trippier as a result. Dan Kilpatrick of the Evening Standard believes that Foyth will be given a chance to nail down a starting place in 2019/20.

With Aurier still available for sale and Walker-Peters being low down the pecking order, Foyth could indeed be Tottenham’s right-back going into next season.

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9 Replies to “Explained: Who Mauricio Pochettino wants at right-back for Tottenham next season”

  • Is it just me, think we have just sold our best right back in Trippier? And wonder if Foyth has enough experience in this position. Having watced him a few times now I question his decision making as a defender, as these errors could prove costly if he was a permanent feature at right back!

    • Surely we are a weaker team without a Trippier replacement? I support KWP and Foyth as backups with growth potential and our future right backs. We cannot afford our right side to become our Achilles Tendon as it was last year.

  • It is reported we turned down two approaches for KWP, we should have moved him on while we had the chance. He is a decent lad but never going to make it at the top level, too small and too easily bullied and knocked off the ball.

  • The problem is that they all (including Trippier) have a mistake in them, often at crucial times.

    They have their respective strengths; Aurier’s physicality, Foyth’s ball-playing ability and KWP’s mobility, but Aurier is just as likely to get sent off as play a blinder, KWP is still a bit light-weight, which probably does leave Foyth as the best option, albeit an unproven one.

    As is often the case, with the season fast approaching, we have several positions with question marks hanging over them. I wish we could get our business done early by identifying areas of weakness and get players integrated in a full pre-season. Instead, we’ve bought Clarke, who we don’t need and have loaned back, while Janssen and GNK are still on the payroll. With Llorente not renewed, we still only have one out-and-out striker in Kane whose ankle looks more suspect by the season.

    Delighted to have Ndombele, but Eriksen, Rose and Toby’s minds are elsewhere, Dele’s form has dropped off, Dier is injured, Kane and Winks injury-prone. It leaves us only ever an injury or two away from major selection headaches. Last season was great on paper, but our levels fell off drastically in the last couple of months due to the squad simply being over-stretched. We have to learn from that to stand any chance of making progress

  • I suspect Poch has been watching Foyth and after Copa America, where Foyth started at right back, feels he is ready.. Sure, he’s gonna make some mistakes…So did Tripps. There is a lot of upside to Foyth’s game. If it is a disaster, I could see poch going into the Jan. transfer window for s
    upport…Or, he get Alves now as a back up or to split time… Let KWP, Foyth, and Alves battle it out. The competition will be good for all of them.

  • Aurier is now number 1 RB. Is he good enough? I don’t think so. Very injury prone, makes silly unnecessary tackles and has poor concentration.

    KWP is nowhere near ready. Still very weak defensively and gets bullied.

    Foyth at RB will probably be Poch’s answer. I’m not convinced.

  • We seem to have forgotten …. Eric Dier can play at RB. When he joined spurs Poch played him a few times RB when Kyle Walker injured, and showed he is good enough, so he can play DMF, CD, RB.

  • We have got as far as we have through taking risks with young players so throwing out that approach makes no sense to me. In any case since other teams still have more cash than us so trying to buy the finished product for every position and getting into bidding wars is a game we are bound to lose. Defenders make mistakes, its about how many and how costly are they. As a player gets more experience he should make fewer mistakes. If you have the defence properly organised the defenders should be covering each other and reducing the impact of mistakes. To me me Foyth has the potential to be a much better player than Aurier or Walker-Peters, whether at right back or the right side of a back three, maybe even in front of the defence. But its still only potential, we’ll have to see if Poch can work his magic.

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