Next Tottenham manager set to be deprived of future star after Manchester United masterclass

On a night when many expected Jose Mourinho and Tottenham to be competing for the Europa League trophy, one man with Spurs connections tasted victory in Gdansk.

Installed as one of the favourites for the competition at the start of the campaign, the Lilywhites unfortunately crashed out in embarrassing fashion as Dinamo Zagreb overturned a two-goal deficit to prevail in the Round of 16 second leg back in March.

Due to come up against Villarreal in the final eight if Spurs did advance out in Croatia, it was the Spanish side who got their hands on the trophy on Wednesday evening with an epic 11-10 penalty shootout victory over Manchester United following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes.

Juan Foyth didn’t take a penalty on the night but he did play a major part in the Yellow Submarines’ success after producing a stellar performance at right-back.

Missing out in the team’s final six games of the season after sustaining a hamstring injury in the semi-final first leg victory over Arsenal, manager Unai Emery had no qualms about installing the Argentine straight back into his team at right-back.

Handed an almighty challenge with Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford down his side, Foyth came out on top time and time again as he totally nullified the threat of the England international.

The attacker barely had a kick all night and it was a major surprise that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer elected to keep him on for the entirety of the match.

Foyth himself may have come off in the opening stages after slipping on the ball and subsequently taking a knock to the head after catching Paul Pogba’s knee on the way down.

It looked extremely painful but the defender ploughed on with a bandage around his head and a bloodied nose when it looked like he may have been leaving the pitch on a stretcher a matter of minutes into the showdown.

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Having shielded the ball out of play early on and sent Edinson Cavani flying to the ground in the process, the Tottenham youngster ensured there was no way past for Rashford all night before his substitution in the 88th minute.

Unlucky to leave the field of play after an excellent shift, Emery was clearly thinking ahead with Foyth booked four minutes earlier and running the risk of a red card.

Utilised at right-back on a couple occasions in the past for Tottenham, Foyth demonstrated in Gdansk that he is more than capable of playing in that position on a regular basis at a time when there are question marks over who will be starting in that area of the pitch for Spurs next season.

Juan Foyth limited Marcus Rashford to very little in the Europa League final after an excellent performance at right-back
Juan Foyth limited Marcus Rashford to very little in the Europa League final after an excellent performance at right-back

Serge Aurier could well depart as he gets set to enter the final year of his contract, while Matt Doherty has just not done enough following his switch from Wolves at the start of the campaign.

However, Foyth could be a Villarreal player on a permanent basis very soon due to a clause in his contract that allows the Spanish side to sign him for around £13million.

A snip in today’s market, it is a decision Tottenham could well regret later down the line if he continues to excel and moves elsewhere for a lot more than the fee Villarreal can purchase him for.

Emery, who tried to sign the young Argentine during his time with PSG, made it clear in March that he would like to make the move permanent come the summer.

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“I knew Juan Foyth, I called him to sign for PSG, but he had already signed with Tottenham,” he told Spanish publication AS.

“He was a player that we knew well and knew that his versatility would give us a lot. That versatility and his quality is what we acquire. That’s why we signed him, and now he has given us what we expected.

“His performance has been very good, he has fulfilled all the options at a high, very high level. His versatility was what we wanted, in addition to playing as a centre-back.”

Asked if he wanted to keep Foyth, he added: “If I would keep him? The truth is that it is something that we must wait for. But if it were up to me, yes, I would keep him with us.”

Struggling with the demands of Premier League football when given the chance by either Mauricio Pochettino or Mourinho at Spurs, it was clear to see that the former Estudiantes man just needed a regular run of games to find his top form.

Having to bide his time at Villarreal before getting a real run in the side in La Liga after mainly playing in the Europa League to begin with, Foyth has become a firm favourite in recent months at right-back having previously either operated at centre-back or as a holding midfielder.

Mourinho and Tottenham’s call to loan the defender out at the start of the season was undoubtedly the correct one as game time would have been limited for him in N17, yet the decision to include a purchase option in the loan agreement for only £13m really could come back and haunt them in years to come.

Impressing a number of Tottenham fans on Wednesday evening as he frustrated Rashford from the very first minute, it could now be Villarreal supporters who get to witness the best of Foyth week after week in La Liga.

Source by Football London

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