5 players who could benefit from Jose Mourinho's arrival at Tottenham
The former Porto, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss makes his managerial return just eleven months after being sacked by Manchester United, where he'll oversee his third Premier League club.
He signed a three-and-a-half-year deal until the end of 2022-23, where he'll earn £15m-a-year, but can he galvanise a depleted Spurs side after their disappointing start to 2019-20?
Despite transfer speculation surrounding many players within the club's core, the Portuguese will be hoping to steady the ship and quickly assess his best options heading into the New Year with renewed optimism. So without further ado, here's a look at five first-team players who could benefit from Jose's shock arrival in north London.
5. Juan Foyth
The highly-rated defender joined Tottenham two seasons ago from Estudiantes in his native Argentina, but hasn't yet managed to break into a backline widely regarded as one of the league's best - until now. Toby Alderweireld's contract situation, combined with inconsistent form of Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sánchez means an opportunity is potentially available long-term at the heart of Spurs' defence.
However right now, Serge Aurier's divisive displays at right-back saw many calling for Pochettino to give Foyth an extended run-in the side, he's worth a try, right? After all, the 21-year-old has more senior Brazil caps (11) than Premier League starts in two years among England's top-flight. He's alternated between centre-back and right-back since his debut against Mexico this time last year, but the club stats are damning.
Admittedly, thigh (18-19) and ankle (19-20) injuries haven't helped his opportunities for a regular starting berth under his compatriot but Foyth is now fully fit and will be raring to go under new management, particularly with his Brazil place under threat unless he does earn more minutes.