Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni has showered praise on Cristian Romero, labelling the Tottenham man as ‘one of the best in the world’.
Romero’s career has taken off considerably over the last 12 months, with the 23-year-old establishing himself as a mainstay in Argentina’s backline.
The centre-back played a valued role in La Albiceleste’s historic Copa America triumph over the summer.
While the defender is yet to make a big impact at Spurs following his loan move over the summer, he did show his class in Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa ahead of the international break.
Tottenham fans will be hoping that was a sign of things to come from Romero, who once again hardly put a foot wrong in the World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay, Uruguay and Peru over the international break.
Clarin, an Argentine newspaper, wrote about the Spurs star’s display against Peru: “Cuti looks like a wall…Demonstrates physical strength worthy of an elite centre-back.”
Scaloni has now waxed lyrical about Romero’s qualities both on and off the pitch.
“Overflowing with humility, it is what we want from the 30 players that we summon.”
However, the Argentina boss suggested that Romero himself does not realise how good he is.
Scaloni added: “He does not believe it, he always transmits the desire to be here, and that is seen on the field.
“He has to continue improving, he is very young, at some point he will have difficulties and we will have to be there to support him.”
Spurs Web Opinion
This is certainly very encouraging to hear from a Spurs perspective. Romero seems to have all the attributes to become a top centre-half but Tottenham fans should be patient with him as we have seen that even top defenders can take a season to get used to the demands of the Premier League.
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