Leeds United are closing in on Juan Foyth - A star on the rise
Juan Foyth of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at the stadium prior to during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur at Vitality Stadium on May 04, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

During an interview with Football Insider, Noel Whelan has backed Leeds United to sign Juan Foyth. The former centre forward believes that the Tottenham Hotspur starlet would be a great signing for the Championship leaders, ahead of their potential promotion to the Premier League.

Whelan told Football Insider, “He’s someone that Marcelo Bielsa has asked about on numerous occasions so that does not surprise me. As cover, we don’t have enough centre-half cover. If Berardi goes, we’re going to need a player like that and he’s got Premiership experience.”

Juan Foyth’s disappointing season at Tottenham Hotspur

Prior to the start of the season, Foyth was tipped to make his Premier League breakthrough, having made an impact during the 2018/19 campaign. However, his progress was halted by an early ankle injury that kept him out of action until October.

While Spurs were still struggling with lack of a reliable option at right-back and even at centre-back, Foyth’s downfall began with the arrival of new manager Jose Mourinho. The ex-Chelsea boss was unwilling to give the young Argentine a chance to shine. Instead, he put his faith in Serge Aurier at RB.

As a result, Foyth has featured in only four Premier League games this season. Although he did feature in the UEFA Champions League fixtures, it is simply not enough for a player of his calibre.

Noel Whelan has backed Leeds United to sign Juan Foyth - Injuries haven't been kind to him
MUNICH, GERMANY – JULY 31: Juan Foyth of Tottenham goes down to an injury during the Audi cup 2019 final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Muenchen at Allianz Arena on July 31, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)

What can he bring to the table?

A centre back by trade, Foyth is primarily known for his versatility. He can be deployed as a right-back as well as a holding midfielder. What makes the Argentine thrive in such different roles is his technical prowess.

Indeed, Foyth is excellent on the ball. He can march forward with possession and distribute the play across the pitch – making him a modern defender. However, the 22-year-old must improve on his overall physicality as well as his man-marking, which may presumably have been the reason behind Mourinho’s disdain for the defender.

Noel Whelan has backed Leeds United to sign Juan Foyth: A good option for Marcelo Bielsa?

Foyth will be an ideal signing for Leeds United. The Whites are already running the risk of having their defensive department completely ripped apart, especially with Ben White set to return to Brighton & Hove Albion. Gaetano Berardi’s contract also expires in the summer, leaving Bielsa with Liam Cooper as his only option.

That’s where Foyth comes into the fray. The young Tottenham star can provide the much-needed depth in central defence. However, in addition to that, he can also compete with Luke Ayling at right-back, another area where Leeds lack reinforcements.

Moreover, the Argentine international’s technical prowess means he will be able to improve the club’s build-up play, thus adding a new dimension to Bielsa’s defensive unit.

Jack O’Brien

A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.