Garth Crooks has said he “couldn’t believe” Juan Foyth started for Tottenham against Crystal Palace on Saturday after the Argentinian gave away two penalties at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Foyth scored the winner at Selhurst Park in only his second Premier League appearance for Spurs. It was somewhat surprising to see the centre-back start following his nightmare of a league debut a week earlier.
In Tottenham’s 3-2 win at Wolves, Foyth gave away two spot-kicks that almost saw the hosts complete an unlikely comeback. But Pochettino kept faith in the 20-year-old and included him in the starting line-up at Palace after Davinson Sanchez was ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Not only did he score the winning goal, Foyth was excellent on the ball and defensively, repaying the faith put in him by Pochettino. As a result, former Spurs man Crooks included the youngster in his BBC Sport team of the week.
“I couldn’t believe Mauricio Pochettino decided to start the game with this lad after he gave away two penalties against Wolves,” Crooks wrote.
“What faith the manager must have had in him and what belief the player must have had in himself. After a shaky start, Foyth was brilliant, showing vision, composure and foresight and he got the winning goal his courage deserved.”
If Davinson Sanchez is still injured after the international break, it will be interesting to see if Foyth keeps his place for the Chelsea game or if Eric Dier comes in at centre-back to partner Toby Alderweireld.