‘Honestly think he has to improve’ – Nuno reacts to Emerson Royal performance

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Nuno Espirito Santo has insisted that we need to be ‘very patient’ with all the players this season, adding that he thinks Emerson Royal ‘has to improve’.

This came despite a stand-out performance against Aston Villa this afternoon, with the former Barcelona right-back impressing the home Spurs crowd.

Emerson was not only solid at the back and aggressive in the challenge but he was also a constant outlet in attack down the right-hand side.

Nuno agreed that his summer signing had a good and stable game at the back, as well as a positive one in attack, but highlighted his timing in the box as something that needs to improve.

Tottenham beat Aston Villa 2-1, putting an end to a rotten run of three straight Premier League defeats, with the Lilywhites conceding three to each of Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal.

On Emerson, Nuno told Football London’s Alasdair Gold: “Alasdair, I think we have to be very patient with all the players.

“I honestly think he has to improve. He had a good game. He was stable, especially in the way that he controlled the width.

“He was really good going forward. I think he had moments when he should have decided better when he was in the box, but not only Emerson, I think all the team, it was important for us.

“Today was very important for us, all the boys, the fans and the way the team played, I think we should be proud.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

Nuno is the type to downplay a lot of things, I don’t think he likes to hype players up too much in order to keep them grounded. But I thought Emerson was outstanding today, probably my Man of the Match.

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  1. Son MOTM for me. But Emerson’s best game so far. Probably held his leg/foot 6 or 7 times. Will need to man up a bit, but he didn’t go off, so fair play to him. Good to see Reguillon playing better too. You wonder what Tanganga needs to do now and feel a bit sorry for him as I would like his agression in the side. So good against Man City.


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