Tottenham have kept only one clean sheet in their last nine games across the board and haven’t shut out any side since mid-July. Despite this, Juan Foyth and Cameron Carter-Vickers aren’t getting a look-in at centre-back under Jose Mourinho, which suggests the pair are surplus to requirements in North London.
Foyth wants to stay but has fallen down the pecking order
Spare a thought for Foyth. Last summer, we were talking about him being a regular at right-back ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. Kieran Trippier had been sold to Atletico Madrid and Mauricio Pochettino was considering Foyth as his replacement over Kyle Walker-Peters and Serge Aurier, but he picked up an ankle injury in pre-season that kept him out of our opening games.
The 22-year-old didn’t make the matchday squad in the Premier League until October and didn’t make his first top-flight appearance until November. By then, Aurier had established himself as a regular at right-back and Foyth would go on to make only seven appearances in all competitions.
He’s back to being a centre-back but finds himself behind Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez, Japhet Tanganga and Eric Dier in the pecking order, so Mourinho has left him out of the matchday squad in every game this season.
We want to sell Foyth amid links with Villarreal and Leeds United, but the Argentine international wants to stay at Tottenham, so his future is up in the air.
Carter-Vickers has been on the periphery for some time
The 22-year-old made the bench for our Europa League win over Lokomotiv Plovdiv, but he’s been left out of the matchday squad ever since.
The US international spent the last three years on loan at Sheffield United (August 25, 2017 – January 15, 2018), Ipswich Town (January 19, 2018 – May 31, 2018), Swansea City (August 25, 2018 – May 31, 2019), Stoke City (August 8, 2019 – January 2, 2020) and Luton Town (January 30, 2020 – July 31, 2020), and has been linked with Luton and Bournemouth this summer, so the Football League may beckon for Carter-Vickers.
I think both players will be gone by October 5. Foyth can’t get a game at centre-back and is behind Aurier and Matt Doherty at right-back, so he might as well be sold. Carter-Vickers has been surplus to requirements for three years and may jump at the chance to get first-team football elsewhere.