Sometimes loan moves work really well – see Oliver Skipp – and other times not so much – see Troy Parrott at Millwall. One loan that has seemingly worked out this season has been Juan Foyth trading in the white and blue of Tottenham for the Villareal Yellow Submarine. Unfortunately for Foyth and Villareal, the Argentine defender may not be fit enough to play in the Europa League final.
Has Foyth found a home in Spain?
Juan Foyth has been with Tottenham Hotspur since 2017, coming over from famed Club Estudiantes de La Plata in Argentina. In three seasons with the Spurs, the defender made a total of 31 appearances. This lack of the playing time necessary to develop as well as potentially not being favored by then-coach Jose Mourinho, led to Foyth going out on loan.
Despite suffering injuries at three different points in the season, moving Foyth in and out of the line-up, he still managed to make 32 senior appearances for Villareal in all competitions. His 16 appearances in La Liga match his 16 career appearances in the Premier League for Spurs.
With more than 2300 minutes to go with his 32 appearances to say Foyth had a breakthrough is probably an understatement. Unfortunately, it may have all come to a premature end for the defender.
After picking up an injury in the first-leg semi-final win with Arsenal, Foyth has missed six straight matches to end the regular season. Now with just one more match, the Europa League Final on Wednesday, May 26 Foyth is in a race to get one last game in.
Foyth may or may not be back at Tottenham
After the match, technically Foyth’s loan will end, however, reports are there is a relatively low option to purchase Foyth in the deal. So even if he does not play again this season for Villareal, he may not be done there and may never put on a Spurs shirt again. Of course, Foyth will have some say in that, and whoever the new coach at Tottenham is may have some impact on that as well. Ultimately, Foyth’s future is not completely decided yet, unlike some others.
For now, we just hope Foyth gets healthy and we wish him luck in the final.