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Despite fan calls, Juan Foyth shouldn't start for Tottenham against Stoke

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during a Tottenham Hotspur training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group H match against Real Madrid on October 31,...

The young defender has been used sparingly since joining Tottenham.

Juan Foyth of Tottenham Hotspurin action during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium on October 25, 2017 in London, England.

Tottenham Hotspur's central-defensive options are certainly depleted at present, with Toby Alderweireld still out injured, while Davinson Sanchez will miss the club's next three Premier League games through suspension as a consequence of his red card against Watford.

Many Tottenham supporters are eager for Juan Foyth to be given an opportunity to impress, with the 19-year-old having not featured in the Premier League or the Champions League following his summer switch from Estudiantes.

Juan Foyth of Tottenham Hotspur and Ike Ugbo of Barnsley battle for possession during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Barnsley at Wembley Stadium on...

However, while tomorrow night's Champions League encounter against APOEL Nicosia represents a perfect opportunity to give Foyth game time with Tottenham already through to the Last 16 as group winners, manager Mauricio Pochettino should be wary of starting the youngster at home to Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday.

West Ham United's English striker Andy Carroll (L) vuies with Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian defender Juan Foyth during the English League Cup fourth round football match between...

The challenge of facing an experienced forward in Peter Crouch, especially given the ex-Tottenham player's prowess in the air, could be very difficult for Foyth to handle and would be a case of throwing the prospect in at the deep end.

Moving Eric Dier into centre-back would be the better option for Pochettino at present as, while Foyth certainly possesses much potential, he perhaps isn't quite ready to face a player in Crouch's mould.

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