By David Woods

13th Aug, 2020 | 7:34am

Athletic: 'Really exciting' Leeds-linked CB makes big decision on future amid lack of game-time

Leeds United-linked centre-back Juan Foyth has decided to stay and fight for his place at Tottenham, amid a lack of game time under Jose Mourinho.

A report in The Athletic did caveat this with the fact that he was yet to sit down and discuss his future with the club.

With the transfer window not closing until October, it gives Foyth a chance to see if his first-team chances are going to improve after a season that saw him play just 65 minutes in the top-flight.

He only started one league game and was hauled off at half-time by Mourinho.

Italian outlet TMW had said that a deal with Leeds was “moving closer” after his agent had said he didn’t see a future at Spurs for the 22-year-old.

Writing in The Athletic, Charlie Eccleshare said, “Juan Foyth is a really exciting player and I hope it works out for him, whether at Spurs or elsewhere.

“The latest is that he has not yet sat down to discuss his future with the club but that for the moment he wants to stay and fight for his place.

“There’s also a month-long gap between the season starting and the summer transfer window closing, so unless he has more clarity before then, he will wait to see if his first-team prospects have improved and if not look for a move elsewhere.

“As we have reported previously, Foyth feels he needs to move soon, either permanently or on loan, if he continues to be overlooked.”

Foyth has struggled at Tottenham and it seems ambitious for him to suddenly expect more game-time next season.

He would have to work miracles in pre-season to have any chance of getting in Mourinho’s starting XI.

The problem for Leeds is that time isn’t on their side.

Ben White is the centre-back they want but they will be moving on other targets in case Brighton refuse to sell.

And, while this report talks of the month after the season starts as an opportunity for Foyth, it’s no good for Leeds.

They need a senior centre-back in place before the end of the season and, actually, as soon as possible.

The players are back in Thorp Arch for pre-season today and a centre-back without a proper pre-season under Bielsa isn’t one who’s going to be starting in gameweek one.

You can ask Pontus Jansson about that.

On the flip side, we can’t see Leeds lining up for their first game back in the Premier League with a central defence of Liam Cooper and Pascal Struijk.

Something needs to happen fast and unless thing change dramatically, Foyth doesn’t sound like a fast deal.

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