Tottenham Hotspur President Daniel Levy is often known as a cunning operator As far as transfers are concerned, although that does not mean that the 60-year-old player always hits the mark with the arrivals and departures of the club.
One scenario where the frugal businessman seems to have made what could be a costly mistake is with the sale of versatile defender Juan Foyth, the Argentine has impressed since his £13 million Departure for Villarreal last summer.
The 24-year-old had spent four years on the books at Tottenham after compatriot Mauricio Pochettino signed him from Estudiantes in 2017, though he had hardly any contact over the next few seasons, making just sixteen Premier League appearances for the Lilywhites in total.
A loan move to Spain for the 2020/21 campaign ensued after the 6ft 2 jewel fell out of favor with José Mourinho, before he was signed permanently by Unai Emery and company after impressing during that temporary period.
This season has seen the £27k per week The jewel kicked off the La Liga team again, playing its role when the Yellow Submarine climbed into the Champions League semi-finals, before falling at the hands of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
In the highest European club competition, the platense averaged a remarkable 3.7 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 2.1 clearances per game in his ten starts, in addition to winning 1.9 of his aerial duels per game.
Did the Spurs make a mistake selling Foyth?
No, he had his chance
Comfortable both at right back and in the center of defence, Foyth also ranges in the top 3% for tackles made among players in his position in Europe’s top five leagues, and in the top 13% for pressing made, illustrating his keen desire to win back possession for his team.
Such an asset would certainly have a place in Antonio Conte’s current squad, whether as a defensive full-back or part of the back three, and the Italian is likely to be impressed by the former Spurs man’s thoroughbred approach, while the club is currently suffering from a real shortage of defensive options at present.
Also in a business sense, the North London outfit’s decision to sever ties with the player now seems odd, with Foyth now valued at £18 million – £5m more than the amount it was sold for just a year ago.
Tottenham are likely to enter the market to bolster their defensive ranks this summer, although they could well have been better served by retaining the services of the 14 caps Argentine international, with Conte about to have nightmares about his departure.