Tottenham Hotspur fans were really excited when their club signed Emerson Royal from Barcelona during the summer transfer window.
The Brazilian has been fantastic in La Liga over the past two seasons. He was a Real Betis star and everyone expected him to become one of Spurs’ best players when they announced his signing last summer.
However, Emerson really struggled in North London. He wasn’t great under Nuno Espirito Santo and he hasn’t really been better under Antonio Conte in the last few weeks.
Barcelona, initially criticized for selling Emerson, are now being hailed.
Barcelona selling Emerson Royal to Tottenham hailed as ‘golden deal’‘
Tottenham paid £25.73million to sign Emerson from the Catalans on transfer deadline day this summer. Spurs even beat Arsenal for his signature (Sky Sports), but their north London rivals emerged victorious after Takehiro Tomiyasu signed on the same day.
Barcelona too are delighted that the Brazilian is no longer their player. Spanish newspaper AS claim that ‘the Blaugrana club have made a golden deal by letting him go’, which just goes to show how they feel about Emerson’s displays in North London.
Emerson’s performance when he came on in the second half against Middlesbrough opened the door to a ton of criticism. The Brazilian, described as ‘disappointing’ by ex-Spurs star Michael Dawson, is really struggling at the moment and it won’t be a surprise to see him replaced in a few months.
Conte could replace Emerson this summer
It’s only been a few months since Emerson joined Tottenham and while it’s obvious he’s been struggling, it’s important to take into account that he’s only 23 years old.
However, we all know how much Conte hates losing and he was never really a fan of waiting for players to develop. As a result, Tottenham journalist Alasdair Gold believes the Italian could well sell Emerson in the summer transfer window.
He said on his podcast, quoted by TBR Football: “He may be good, but there must be so many improvements.
“If Conte is there next season, I don’t see Emerson Royal being one of his wingers. I wouldn’t be shocked if he was a player who leaves fairly quickly in the summer.”
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