There’s a player that even Arsenal goalkeeping legend David Seaman can’t help but admire. It’s Tottenham Hotspur’s right-back Pedro Foro, their biggest rival.
“I thought he was tremendous against Liverpool (the other day),” Seaman said on his podcast, Seaman Says.
“He helps the team so much defensively, but when he’s attacking, you never know what he’s going to do,” he continued, “I think his unpredictability gives you more confidence. Opposing defenders don’t know if he’s going to slide inside or outside.” Seaman added that Foro is a “real threat.”
Tottenham took advantage of Liverpool’s Joel Matip’s late injury-time own goal to earn a 2-1 theatrical victory in their 2023/24 English Premier League Round 7 home tie against Liverpool on Monday.
The Tottenham player responsible for the own goal was Foro. With two men sent off for Liverpool and a numerical advantage, Tottenham pounded on the Liverpool goal with all their might in the closing stages, but the Red Devils stood firm and refused to concede.
In the midst of the back-and-forth, Foro set up the winning goal. He drove the ball into the Liverpool right half and sent in a strong, low cross. Matip defended well throughout the match, but made a mistake in blocking the cross, allowing the ball to hit his foot and deflect into his own goal.
Foro was active on both sides of the ball in the match. He made all six of his tackles in full-time action. He also completed 47 of his 55 pass attempts for a respectable 85% passing success rate. He was also named Man of the Match (MOM) with an 8.4 rating on soccer stats platform Footmob.
Foro joined Tottenham in January from Portuguese Primeira Liga powerhouse Sporting CP. It was a six-month loan followed by a full transfer.
Since joining Spurs under Antonio Conte, Foro has been a solid defender, making 13 starts out of 15 games. Due to financial reasons, he remained at Spurs on a six-month loan and then an outright transfer, and it was under his new manager, Enzi Postecoglou, that his abilities shone through.
Under Postecoglou, Foro has excelled in his role as an attacking wing-back this season. “He also has a good partnership with (Tottenham right-back) Dejan Kluczewski,” Seaman said. He also has a good relationship with Son Heung-min. He picked up an assist against Burnley in the fourth round of the league last September with a fantastic pass that set up Son’s hat-trick. In the second half of last season, he and Son quickly developed a rapport.
Postecoglou also recognizes Foro’s potential for growth.
On February 2, TBR Football reported that “Postecoglou instructed Tottenham coach Matty Wells to change Foro’s role.” “In Postecoglou’s tactics, defenders on both flanks play the role of a traditional fullback. However, Foro is an attacking wing-back and we were worried that he wouldn’t fit in tactically, but Postecoglou has been personally directing his personal training to increase his usefulness.”
He’s also great. “(Pedro Foro) is constantly striving to be the best he can be, performing the hardest in training, despite predictions before the start of the season that 토토사이트 fellow teammate Emerson Royale would be more tactically suited to the position, when coach Postecoglou picked him over him, he didn’t settle for anything less,” said TBR Football.
Under Postecoglou, Tottenham seem to be constantly improving, with the likes of Yves Bissouma, Pedro Foro, and Son Heung-min finding roles and training that suit them.
It will be interesting to see how far Foro, brought in by Conte and upgraded by Postecoglou, can fly.