Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to bring Juan Foyth in from Estudiantes last summer was never going to be one for the present.
The 20-year-old had only played eight times for the Argentinian side prior to his move to Wembley, and, so far, he’s got seven in a Tottenham shirt.
His manager has decided to not rush thing, using him primarily in the FA and Carabao cups, as well as starting him in the final game of the Champions League group stage against APOEL Nicosia.
With all this in mind, it isn’t surprising to see Foyth on Gazzetta dello Sport’s list of 98 most exciting prospects born in or after 1998.
The Tottenham defender comes in 85th, a couple of places above Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, with the Italian newspaper describing him as having ‘not bad feet’, coming from the fact he ‘used to play as an attacking midfielder’ .
Mauricio Pochettino clearly trusts him, and there appears to be a future for him with Spurs once the likes of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld move on.
Until then, it’s cup games and trying to force a way into the first-team on a regular basis.
After all, he’s only 20.