‘A little bit shaky’ – South American football expert on new Spurs signing

Emerson Royal

South American football expert Tim Vickery believes Emerson’s rather short career has been ‘a bit shaky’ up until his move to Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs reached an agreement with Barcelona to sign the 22-year-old right-back, in a deal worth €25m (£21.4m).

Nuno Espirito Santo will now have three right-backs at his disposal, in Emerson, Japhet Tanganga and Matt Doherty.

The introduction of Emerson will hopefully provide a different element to Spurs’ right-hand side, after the Brazilian’s successful campaign on loan at Real Betis last season. 

However, journalist Vickery has thrown caution to the wind ahead of the proposed deadline day signing, claiming the young defender is still slightly rough around the edges.

He told Sky Sports: “He’s an attacking right-back, a strapping figure in the mould of Maicon, which might not impress Tottenham fans as much.

“The Royal thing is not actually his 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 U20 level but not very well

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

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Emerson is an interesting option for Spurs, and at 22-years-old, he has a lot of time and room to improve his alleged deficiencies. Spurs are paying the money they believe he is worth because they clearly see something in the defender. He will need time, however, to settle in and find his groove in what are very different surroundings compared to Barcelona.

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