Opinion: Tottenham should keep 22-year-old that hasn’t featured this season

Tottenham Hotspur look to be switching to a three-man defence, with this new formation fielded in the Carabao Cup against Chelsea on Tuesday night.

The main reason is Jose Mourinho looking to accommodate summer signings Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguilon as forward-thinking wing-backs in a 3-4-3 / 3-5-2 formation.

With this ploy likely to persist, Tottenham look short of options at centre-half, especially as Jan Vertonghen left the club at the end of last season.

While the potential for a new defender to be signed before the close of the transfer window on Monday night is there, Spurs boss Mourinho should give consideration to the role Juan Foyth can play at the club.

It is clear that the versatile youngster has not won over the Tottenham manager, with the South American not featuring yet this season for the Lilywhites.

However, with the 22-year-old highly rated by Mauricio Pochettino, a fully fledged Argentina international and with scope to improve, selling him could be a mistake.

Mourinho has complained of having too big a squad and it seems likely that Tottenham will part company with fringe players in the next few days.

But, with Spurs’ options at centre-half being Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez, Japhet Tanganga and possibly Ben Davies, what happens if there are two or three unavailabilities?

Foyth has split opinions in the Tottenham fanbase over the years but I feel the Argentine could yet be a player the club can rely on.