Gary Neville has compared Casemiro with Tottenham defender Cristian Romero because of their aggression and willingness to take chances.

Romero is undoubtedly on his way to becoming one of the best centre-backs in the world if he is not there already, having played a key part in Argentina’s World Cup triumph.

Cristian Romero

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The 24-year-old has made the right centre-back spot in Antonio Conte’s back three his own and has generally been one of Spurs’ more consistent performers since arriving at the club 18 months ago.

However, he has a tendency to make rash challenges and is often in the position of needing to walk a tightrope after getting an early booking in matches.

While he has managed to do that more often than not, he was punished in the game against Manchester City, picking up a second yellow for fouling Jack Grealish in the 87th minute.

Casemiro also got his marching orders in Man Utd’s win over Crystal Palace on Saturday after grabbing Will Hughes by the throat in the 69th minute. Neville has now compared the former Real Madrid man to Romero for his tendency to take chances.

The pundit said on the Gary Neville Podcast (05/02/23) said about Casemiro: “He is a bit like the boy Romero here, isn’t he? He is fantastic at winning the ball back, he is always on the front foot, he takes chances.”

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The issue that Romero has (just as with Casemiro) is that he has now built a reputation for being nasty. The referees are not going to let some of his antics slide any longer. That is why the Tottenham man needs to learn to tame his aggression if he does not want to risk being sent off.

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