Emerson Royal opens up on Spurs ‘project’ and getting tired in the Premier League

Emerson Royal
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Emerson Royal has admitted that he is still getting used to the demands of the Premier League following his summer move from Barcelona. 

Royal completed his move to Tottenham on transfer deadline day, with the North London club paying a fee of £25.8m for the right-back.

The 22-year-old did not have the best of starts to life at Spurs, being on the losing side in his first two league games against Crystal Palace and Chelsea.

However, the former Real Betis gave a much better account of himself in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday, displaying the engine and athleticism that he was known for during his two seasons at Estadio Benito Villamarin.

Emerson revealed last week that he initially wished to stay at Barcelona and fight for his place but decided to join Spurs after it was made clear to him by the Catalan club that he was surplus to requirements.

The full-back has now admitted the project put forth by Tottenham was very attractive. 

Speaking on his move to Spurs, Emerson told DAZN: “The project is to be in a very competitive league, in a club that is going to fight for big things. For me, it is an incredible project. 

“When I leave Barcelona and I see that I am going to come to a very competitive league and to a club like Tottenham which is going to help me a lot, in every way … it’s an incredible project. “

“When I spoke with my family, they supported me 100%. They told me ‘let’s go there, we will be happy there'”.

However, the right-back admitted that he is still getting used to the pace and intensity of English football following his two years in Spain.

He added: “Here is a more box-to-box game, back and forth and a lot of shock. It changes a bit, Spanish football is a bit more technical. 

“There are teams that play like the Premier, like Getafe, and these teams that fight.

“The difference in the Premier League is the strength and rhythm of the games. There are a lot of crashes, you run a lot, you get very tired and you have to get used to that. 

“In the end, I’m going to get used to it little by little and, surely, in no time I will be adapted.”

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It might take a full season before we see the best of Emerson in a Spurs shirt, just as we have seen with Reguilon. However, the Brazilian seems to possess the attributes to be a top full-back and he certainly has time on his side to improve.

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