Tottenham ace Juan Foyth shares story behind change in position

Referee Roddy Zambrano shows a yellow card to Juan Foyth of Argentina during the Copa America Brazil 2019 Semi Final match between Brazil and Argentina at Mineirao Stadium on July 02, 2019...

The Tottenham Hotspur defender has been utilised in an unfamiliar right-back role recently for both club and country.

Tottenham Hotspur's Juan Foyth

Tottenham defender Juan Foyth has opened up about his recent change in position, when speaking to Cielo Sports, sharing how it was Mauricio Pochettino's idea to try him out at right-back.

The 21-year-old joined Spurs from Estudiantes in the summer of 2017 for around £8 million, according to BBC Sport, and he has gone on to make 25 appearances in all competitions for the north London outfit.


Foyth is a centre-back by trade, but he has been used as a right-back sporadically by Pochettino over the past six months.

The former Estudiantes man also played as a right full-back for Argentina during the Copa America, and really impressed for Lionel Scaloni's side.

And Foyth told Cielo Sports how he was keen to impress when Pochettino asked him to switch positions for Tottenham:

Juan Foyth of Argentina looks on during a press conference at Mineirao Stadium on June 18, 2019 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

"That I’m playing as a full-back is all down to him (Pochettino). One day, we were doing laps around the field and he called me over to talk and asked me if I would feel comfortable playing there. Obviously, I wanted to play and knowing that I could do it well, I said yes. I felt really good in the games I played. Over the past two years, I’ve learned a huge amount of things with him and with his staff."

Whether Foyth will play at right-back this season for Tottenham, or revert to his natural centre-back position remains to be seen.

With Kieran Trippier being linked with an exit from Spurs, however, Foyth's ability to quickly adapt to the right-back role could save Pochettino a lot of money in the transfer market this summer.

Juan Foyth of Tottenham Hotspur on February 08, 2019 in Enfield, England.

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