Mauricio Pochettino is expecting big things from Juan Foyth after the defender proved to be Tottenham’s match-winner in Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace.
The 20-year-old’s second-half header proved to be the difference between the two sides at Selhurst Park and the victory also helped Spurs keep pace with the teams at the top of the Premier League standings.
Foyth’s goal came on what was just his second top-flight appearance for Spurs and it was a far cry from the emotions he was feeling on his debut against Wolves earlier this month, as he gave away two penalties in that match.
Pochettino was certainly pleased with how Foyth bounced back from his wobbles at Molineux and he believes the centre-back has a big future with the North London club.
“We were talking a lot in the week that, that [Foyth’s errors in the last match] is football,” Pochettino told reporters.
“He has great potential and showed real character. It’s important for him to feel like he’s a Premier League player.
“He’s so clever. That situation can happen. With experience he’s going to improve and make mistakes and less mistakes.”
Tottenham have won nine of their 12 Premier League matches to date this season but, given the form of some of the other teams in the division, they are not being touted as major contenders to win the title.
Spurs will face a huge test of their title credentials when they play host to Chelsea after the international break and they are priced at 2.60 to win that match, while the Blues are available at 2.63 and the draw is on offer at 3.50.