Nuno told he has work cut out amid issue with new Tottenham signing

Date published: Tuesday 31st August 2021 9:23 - Jonny Whitfield

Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo has his work cut out to bring the true potential out of new signing Emerson Royal, one expert has claimed.

Spurs finally got a deal over the line for the 22-year-old before Tuesday evening’s transfer deadline. They agreed a €30million (£25.7million) deal with Barcelona. The Brazilian arrives at Spurs with the remit of providing competition for Japhet Tanganga and Matt Doherty, the former the current first-choice.

Indeed, Doherty has played in the Europa Conference League and Emerson will add another option for Nuno.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, South American football expert Tim Vickery provided the low-down on the player.

He admitted that the full-back’s career has not yet taken off and has instead proven a “shaky” journey.

“He’s an attacking right-back, a strapping figure in the mould of Maicon, which might not impress Tottenham fans as much,” Vickery said.

“The Royal thing is not his actual name. It’s a nickname his uncle gave to him because he thought he reminded him of a cartoon that used to sell a local brand of jelly, by the name of Royal.

“To be fair to him, his career so far has been a little bit shaky. He was a reserve in Brazil, he played for Brazil at Under-20 level but not very well.”

Barcelona signed Emerson from Atletico Mineiro in Brazil in the January 2019 window.

However, he spent the next two-and-a-half seasons across Spain with Real Betis. Indeed, he only returned to Catalonia after 79 appearances at his loan club.

Still, following pre-season with Barcelona, he has played all three of his side’s La Liga games this term.


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Emerson Royal kisses ball during Barcelona unveiling, August 2021

“Barcelona picked him up on promise but didn’t really use him,” Vickery added.

“[A] couple of seasons at Betis, not a lot the first season but better the second season and he’s on the fringes of the Brazil squad where they have a problem at right-back.

“So far it’s much, much more promise than reality. Tottenham are paying a lot of money for him so it’s time now for the man named after jelly to stand up straight and put some solidity in that career.”

Elsewhere, Tottenham faced a struggle to offload midfielder Tanguy Ndombele on deadline day.

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