Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has suggested it is too early for new signing Juan Foyth to be in contention for first team selection.

Foyth arrived from Estudiantes last month for a fee of between £8million and £10m, and Pochettino was full of praise for the 19-year-old when asked about his potential by reporters.

“He is so good with the ball at his feet,” said Pochettino. “He is so calm and relaxed, I think it’s fantastic. He is so young but he can be very aggressive and strong too. He has very good legs, a good mentality and he is so mature for his age.

“When we saw him playing at Estudiantes and started to talk with him and his parents and family to try to convince him to join us, it was a big, big deal.”

Foyth was believed to be close to joining Paris-Saint Germain earlier in the summer, but in the end Spurs won the race for his signature.

Pochettino said: “It took three months with Estudiantes because a lot of clubs were interested in him, but in the end he decided to join us. It was good for him and good for us too.”

But the Tottenham manager was also quick to point out that Foyth will have to wait for his chance in the first team.

“Like all the young players, we don’t put pressure on them. It’s a massive change coming from Argentina to England. The football is completely different, the game is completely different. He needs to settle in England first of all and then start to improve, adapt to the game here.

“I think it’s so early to think about giving him the possibility to play. But he’s been doing very well in the last week and we are so happy because the potential is massive.”



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