It doesn’t take a genius to work out that Argentina’s weaknesses lie in the middle of defence.
Marcos Rojo, Federico Fazio have Ramiro Funes Mori have all been used with limited success, while 34-year-old Javier Mascherano was required to be the defensive linchpin at the 2018 World Cup.
But, even by Argentina’s frail standards, the latest call-up is a surprise.
Spurs defender Juan Foyth has been called up by Argentina’s interim head coach Lionel Scaloni.
If you haven’t heard of him you probably don’t support Spurs. If you do support Spurs, don’t feel bad that you’re scratching your head at the mention of Foyth’s name.
The 20-year-old, who signed from Estudiantes in August 2017, has yet to make a Premier League appearance for Spurs.
He made eight appearances last season, spread over the EFL Cup, FA Cup and the Champions League, although that continental appearance came against Apoel Nicosia when Spurs had already secured qualification from the group stages.
The signing of Lucas Moura last January meant Foyth was left out of Spurs’ Champions League squad for the group stages- a fate he suffered again this season.
But that doesn’t seem to have put Scaloni off. Argentina’s squad has been completely revamped following the World Cup, with Lionel Messi still absent.
So what has Scaloni seen that everyone else seems to be missing?
Foyth has represented Argentina at Under-20 level, playing in the 2017 Under-20 World Cup and 2017 Under-20 South American Championship.
With Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier for competition in the middle of defence, Foyth will probably be Argentina captain by the time he makes his Premier League bow.
No wonder Messi doesn’t want to answer the international call.
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