Brazil 2-0 Argentina: Juan Foyth produces sensational piece of skill to leave Philippe Coutinho for dead and Tottenham delighted

3 Jul

Argentina endured another miserable night on the international stage as Brazil eased into the 2019 Copa America final.

Goals from Premier League duo Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino eventually proved the difference as the Selecao edged closer to triumphing in the tournament on home soil.

Foyth feinted his body to send Coutinho the wrong way
He then left the Brazilian for dead

Nothing went the way of La Albiceleste, who found themselves on the wrong end of some dodgy refereeing calls and were also thwarted by Liverpool stopper Alisson Becker – who put in an inspired performance between the sticks.

It was yet another disappointing night for Lionel Messi, who is still searching for any kind of glory on the international stage.

However, in truth, Argentina never looked impressive in the tournament, having scraped through the group stages before their win over Venezuela.

However, there was one moment that will have left a smile on the faces of Spurs and Argentina fans.

Tottenham youngster Juan Foyth produced a sensational bit of skill to send ex-Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho in the completely wrong direction.

The defender feinted his body without touching the ball to leave the Barca star for dead – and Spurs fans lapped up the piece of skill on social media, with some even calling it his Garrincha moment in honour of the legendary Brazilian, who delighted in toying with defenders.

It somewhat sums up Coutinho’s season, with the playmaker struggling for form at Barcelona, though he has scored twice for Brazil at the tournament

The 27-year-old has been linked with a move away from Spain just 18 months after his £142million move to the Camp Nou.

He has 21 goals and 11 assists in 76 games for the LaLiga champions, but it appears the jury is still out over his long-term future at the club.

And according to reports, Barca are willing to sell Coutinho if a club stumps up £100m this summer – and Liverpool are said to be keen on bringing him back to Anfield.

‘Juan Foyth finding his inner Steven Gerrard’ – Fans find Tottenham defender’s quick dismissal against Bournemouth hilarious

4 May

Tottenham’s personnel situation at Bournemouth went from a setback to a crisis as they found themselves down to NINE men with only 48 minutes on the clock.

Forward Heung-min Son was dismissed for a push on Jefferson Lerma just before the break and then Juan Foyth was shown the red card for a wild challenge on Jack Simpson.

Foyth’s challenge left Simpson in a heap

It was perhaps harsh to send Son off but Spurs can have no complaints about referee Craig Pawson giving Foyth his marching orders as the Argentine had his studs up at the Cherries man.

Foyth was pulled back in the build up to the challenge but there’s no justification for tackling that high.

The situation was tough for Spurs but that hasn’t stopped a number of fans on Twitter from making a mockery of the situation.

One fan even compared Foyth’s sending off to that of former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard after he came on in a Premier League match at home to Manchester United in March 2015.

Gerrard was mocked widely by opposition fans for his red card against United

Gerrard was sent off after 38 seconds for a stamp on Ander Herrera but Foyth wasn’t sent off quite that quickly.

Below you can see the best tweets from these fans laughing at Foyth’s red card.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham: Juan Foyth the unlikely hero as Eagles misery continues

10 Nov

Tottenham issued a real statement of intent to their title rivals by grinding out a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace.

Juan Foyth’s first Premier League goal proved decisive as an underwhelming Spurs went level on points with Chelsea and Liverpool.

Juan Foyth justified his selection

The 20-year-old nodded in from point-blank range in the second-half to redeem himself after a torrid display against Wolves last week, in which he conceded two penalties.

Palace, without talisman Wilfried Zaha, sparked into life in the closing stages and Alexander Sorloth spurned a glorious chance at the death.

But their troubled time in front of goal continued as they slumped to a seventh consecutive game without a win.

A minor hamstring injury for Zaha had meant the hosts, who last won in the league without their influential forward at Sunderland in September 2016 and have struggled for goals all season, starting Andros Townsend and Jordan Ayew in an unfamiliar front two.

In recalling Foyth, Kieran Trippier, Victor Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko and Erik Lamela, Spurs similarly lacked the intensity that is so often such a strength.

Any attempts at consistency were further undermined when Trippier was lost to injury and replaced by Serge Aurier midway through the half, during which a 25-yard strike from Harry Kane, routinely saved by Wayne Hennessey, represented the greatest threat on goal from either team.

While Palace had again struggled in the final third, they defended soundly and played with greater belief than they last did when Zaha also missed out in September’s 2-0 defeat at home to Southampton.

Crystal Palace’s miserable form continued

It perhaps even took an injury to James Tomkins, replaced by Martin Kelly after an hour, to take a point beyond their reach.

The central defender had headed narrowly over from Luka Milivojevic’s right-wing corner shortly before he had to be taken off, and in his absence Palace lost the partnership with Mamadou Sakho that is such a strength.

Pressure had subtly been building when, in the 66th minute and with Palace struggling to clear Spurs’ corner, Ayew was guilty of watching the loose ball as Foyth took advantage to nip in and head over Patrick van Aanholt, standing on the goal-line.

Palace manager Roy Hodgson reacted by introducing Jeffrey Schlupp for Max Meyer in the pursuit of greater width, and the winger nearly rewarded him when crossing to Ayew on the counter before watching goalkeeper Hugo Lloris collect.

Palace’s finest chance fell kindly to fellow substitute Sorloth in front of goal in the 90th minute, but while he struck well with his weaker left foot, Lloris produced a fine reaction save to secure a clean sheet, all three points, and to keep the hosts 16th.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham: Spurs player ratings as Juan Foyth redeems himself

10 Nov

Tottenham sent a message to their title rivals with a gritty 1-0 victory away at Crystal Palace.

A first Premier League goal for Juan Foyth proved decisive as a below-par Spurs went level on points with Chelsea and Liverpool.

The 20-year-old nodded in from point-blank range in the 66th minute to redeem himself after a torrid display against Wolves last week.

Juan Foyth bagged the winner

Palace, without talisman Wilfried Zaha, sparked into life in the closing stages and Alexander Sorloth spurned a glorious chance at the death.

But their troubled time in front of goal continued as Spurs made it four consecutive wins.

How did the rest of Mauricio Pochettino’s men perform? Scroll down to find out.

Hugo Lloris – 6

The skipper didn’t have much to do, but that didn’t prevent a couple of heart-in-mouth moments. He flapped at a corner before skewing a clearance straight to Andros Townsend. But he made up for it with a superb stop from Sorloth late-on.

There were highs and lows for Lloris

Kieran Trippier – N/A

Forced off injured early in the game. Spurs will hope it’s nothing too serious.

Toby Alderweireld – 7

The calming influence in Tottenham’s back line, as always.

Juan Foyth – 8

Redemption! It was a nervy start from the youngster, who struggled to shake off those two conceded penalties at Wolves last week. But he grew into the game and bagged his first Spurs goal.

It was a night to remember for Juan Foyth

Ben Davies – 6

Tottenham’s greatest threat came from wide and Davies’ delivery was on the money every time.

Moussa Sissoko – 7

A couple of bulldozing runs had the travelling fans chanting his name and his Spurs career is certainly going from strength-to strength.

Victor Wanyama – 5

He looked like a player returning from injury too early and the game largely passed him by.

Lucas Moura – 7

The Brazilian must be such a nightmare to play against. He is always busy and caused real problems for the Palace defence.

Dele Alli – 6

At the scene of his most famous goal, he couldn’t provide that sort of magic. He was neat and tidy without being cutting and incisive, excluding one brilliant pass to Eric Lamela.

Dele Alli saw plenty of the ball

Eric Lamela – 5

The Argentine was fairly wasteful in possession, but credit to him for always trying to force the issue.

Harry Kane – 5

He did well to win the header which led to the goal, however that was his only meaningful contribution.

Serge Aurier (Sub) – 6

Much like Davies on the other side, Aurier got forward well and got plenty of decent crosses into the box.

Heung-Min Son (Sub) – 5

The substitute had a great chance to double his side’s lead in stoppage time but he couldn’t make the most of it.

‘Shades of Ledley King’ – Tottenham fans hail ‘new era’ as Juan Foyth thrills against West Ham

1 Nov

Tottenham Hotspur supporters were delighted last night and not just because they beat West Ham for the second time this season.

Argentine starlet Juan Foyth was finally given a chance to play this season and showed just how talented he is with a superb display.

Tottenham starlet Juan Foyth celebrates with Kyle Walker-Peters

Last year he showed glimpses of it in the eight appearances he made, mainly in the FA Cup, but against the Hammers he really turned it on.

Positionally he was aware and able to marshal the running of West Ham’s forward line, while also making good challenges when called upon with one block on Marko Arnautovic particularly impressive.

Foyth does well under pressure from Michail Antonio

His ability on the ball didn’t go unnoticed either as he possesses an excellent array of passes.

And his overall display against West Ham has won him a lot of new fans who now believe he should be starting more often.

You can see what some supporters had to say on Twitter below.

Leeds United transfer news: Tottenham starlet Juan Foyth linked with January loan move to Elland Road

19 Oct

Leeds United are considering a January loan move for Tottenham defender Juan Foyth, according to reports.

Foyth, the centre-back, joined Spurs last summer but has still not made a single Premier League appearance for the club.

Juan Foyth - 5
Foyth has still not been trusted to turn out in the league despite playing in the Champions League, EFL Cup and FA Cup

The 20-year-old remains highly-rated, and has represented the north London club eight times in all competitions, but he is said to be looking for a temporary move away from Spurs in January to increase his game time.

And, according to AS Argentina, Foyth could drop down a division with Leeds United keen on securing the talented youngster’s services.

Marcelo Bielsa, the Elland Road club’s coach, is said to have been keeping tabs on Foyth with the view of moving form him when the transfer window reopens.

Despite Leeds’ excellent start to the season that sees them third in the Championship table after 12 matches, they have been hit by a number of injury problems quite consistently.

The Whites’ defence has especially struggled with various players missing at different times, with all of Pontus Jansson, Liam Cooper, Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi absent for portions of the campaign.

Leeds were previously linked with Foyth over the summer following Bielsa’s appointment as manager of the Elland Road club.

Bielsa is reportedly watching Foyth ahead of a potential January swoop for the defender

Despite his lack of competitive action for Spurs over the past 14 months, Foyth received his first senior Argentina call-up for the recent international break, though he did not appear in the country’s matches against Iraq or Brazil.